Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
In recent years, a new expression has become commonplace: “kids at risk.” Considering all of the pressures and stresses involved today in raising children, perhaps we should add another phrase to our lexicon: “parents at risk.”
Parents today, are under-paid, over-worked, under-appreciated and overwhelmed by the challenges of raising healthy, well-adjusted and Torah-true children in the spiritually toxic environment of the larger society. For that reason, Dr. Meir Wikler’s latest book, Partners With Hashem 2, is most welcome and urgently needed.
While this volume appears to be a sequel to Wikler’s earlier work, Partners With Hashem, it deals with subjects that were not addressed in his initial parenting guide and it is not necessary to have read the first volume in order to understand and appreciate the second.
Dr. Wikler’s first parenting book dealt with broad themes, such as self-esteem, discipline and sibling rivalry. In Partners With Hashem 2, however, Dr. Wikler addresses timely but often-taboo topics, e.g. obesity, stealing, eating disorders, Internet addictions and smoking. This book also covers much more common child-rearing challenges such as night fears, bedtimes, bedwetting and bullying, to name a few.
What makes Dr. Wikler’s book stand out from the many other excellent books on parenting available today, is the inclusion of actual clinical case examples from his private therapy and family counseling practice. In these pages, we have the opportunity to sit in with Dr. Wikler as he figures out what is bothering this child or why that child is acting up. We listen in as he counsels and guides parents to greater understanding of their children’s difficulties and increased mastery over their children’s dilemmas.
In addressing each parenting challenge, Dr. Wikler begins with an explanation of what typically causes that particular behavior or reaction in children. Then he cautions the reader to avoid the more common strategies parents often attempt that will not prove helpful. Finally, he concludes with a list of approaches and practical steps that parents can take to help their children overcome the particular hurdle, which that chapter addresses.
The chapters are arranged in three chronological categories: preschool years, elementary, high school and beyond. As a result, there is no parent who will not be able to find at least a few chapters that are immediately relevant to whatever stage of development their children are at currently.
Finally, a subject index at the end enables the reader to find any topic in either of Dr. Wikler’s two volumes on parenting.
This is an easy-to-read book that should come in handy throughout the developmental cycle of any child. As the author writes in his preface, this book can be, “a constant, supportive and encouraging companion and guide to parents as they traverse the winding, tortuous but always noble path of parenthood.”
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Leah Katz, a TeenZone camper at Oorah’s TheZone summer camp and an 11th grader at Midwood High School, read her winning essay about how TheZone changed her views on Judaism at the Jewish Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office in April. The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest is to acquaint public school students with Jewish history and customs and to help foster a deeper understanding of Jewish culture. The contest is open to students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Leah’s essay is reproduced in full below.
Moshe Sharett, the head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department, visited Egypt in 1945. In Cairo he met a most remarkable young woman, a beautiful journalist who was the darling of Egyptian high society – from high-ranking military brass, to culture icons and Muslim sheikhs, to the court of King Faruk.
The two proceeded to talk about everyday things and surprisingly her mother-in-law did not find anything else to criticize. This occurred a few more times, with my client changing the topic every time by complimenting her mother-in-law or mentioning something positive about her.
There is always a lot of confusion surrounding sensory processing disorder – mainly because there are many different diagnoses that fall under the catch-all phrase sensory processing disorder (SPD). Among them are three specific subcategories:
The doctor had warned us that even if we did everything right and followed the protocol after the follicle was of the right size, there was no guarantee of success. Fertilization still had to occur, and just like couples do not necessarily become pregnant every month, we had no way to know if we were actually expecting for two full weeks.
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Jewish Press columnist Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder and president of Hineni, the international Torah outreach organization, recently addressed an overflowing audience at the Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine in southern California. Rebbetzin Jungreis’s address theme, “Making a Good Relationship Magical,” was apropos for the evening’s main mission: raising funds for the Irvine community’s mikveh.
You have probably been planning your marriage since you were about three. Let’s fast-forward to a big milestone– your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. (Don’t worry, you don’t look a day over twenty one!) Now, would you appreciate your husband buying you a dozen roses that some florist recommended?
As I mentioned in my earlier articles about our family trip to Israel, our night flight went pretty smooth, thanks to my children’s willingness to sleep throughout the flight. I, on the other hand, didn’t sleep a wink and I wasn’t feeling too great by the time we landed. But we were finally in Israel, and just being in the beautifully renovated Ben Gurion airport and hearing all the Hebrew around us was exciting enough.
While all the flowers that grace your Shavuos table will surely be a delight to your eye, these will be a delight for your palette as well. Create them at any level, simple or sophisticated; any way you make them they’re sure to be a sensation.
Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we attempt to answer questions sent in by people who fortunately have fake names, so they won’t be embarrassed. I don’t know how they got through school, though.
Speechless wonder is the reaction to the beautiful vision seen though the Arch of the Keshet Cave at the Adamit Park in the Galilee. One of the most amazing natural wonders in Eretz Yisrael, the Me’arat Hakeshet — also known as the Rainbow Cave or Arch Cave — can be found up against the Israel-Lebanon border just a few kilometers from Rosh Hanikra and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. It is situated amid the wild scenery on the cliffs of Nachal Betzet and Nachal Namer, on the Adamit Ridge.
Author: Dr. Meir Wikler
Author: Dr. Meir Wikler
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