Dear Dr. Yael

I also heard a few classic stories about people who had fallen in every room you can imagine and were away from their phone. One person even lives in a nursing home but wasn't able to reach the emergency cord on the wall.

Mind Over Manners

When classes end, it is incredibly important to get your kids reading, especially if they struggle with reading during the year.

Single By Choice!

You see the effort that your older siblings must expend in order to grow their families and you want to reject all the obligation that brings.

Dear Dr. Yael

Zoom dating works for the first few dates or the first few weeks, but a real relationship generally grows from being with a person face-to-face.


While I am not calling to question the diagnoses of medical professionals, there are many children who exhibit signs of ADHD but may be struggling with something else.

No Single Left Behind!

I will never minimize the strength and determination it takes to get dressed up, to put on a happy face, and to portray positivity and enthusiasm when you have been dating for so many years.

Dear Dr. Yael

I though it was showing weakness to ask for help. So, I never asked for help and no one offered any.

When You Should Ignore Labels

Labels are great because they are clear and defined, but when we only see the label, we lose the individual.


You are certainly lucky to have had a brother go through shidduchim before you so that you could better understand how the process works.

Learning To Listen And Listening To Learn

For most children, listening is the first entry point into a text, and we finally have the technology to allow children (and adults) to listen to almost any printed book.

Sister’s Shadow

You are correct that there may be those who may not be interested in you because your family isn’t Instagram perfect.

Dear Dr. Yael

Sometimes, it is easier to deal with the challenge that is hidden behind a black garbage bag.

Antibodies for Anxiety

It’s important to recognize why we feel anxiety. If we didn’t have any anxiety, we wouldn’t know to be cautious around dangerous things.

Perfectly Imperfect

While we know that they have no bearing on someone’s character, they can cause friction and uncertainty as you prepare to walk down the aisle.

Finding Our New Normal

Don’t “should” yourself. In times of uncertainty, it’s incredibly important to be kind to yourself. There is really a “should” when you don’t know what the future will bring.

Dear Dr. Yael

It is important to remember that nothing will work all of the time and that you will probably still have difficult moments, but it is how you handle these difficult moments that will determine how things turn out in the future.


Different can be exhilarating, especially if you have a tendency to be more circumspect and careful. Different suddenly allows you to enjoy the fun that spontaneity and a sense of adventure often offers.

The Shidduch World: Seven Lies And Shenanigans

You have to assume everyone is at least two or three notches lower than he or she appears in the profile picture simply because many people will be two or three notches lower in real life.

Honoring Our Elders

As a global crisis forces us to reevaluate our ethos and values, perhaps this is the time to focus on our elderly...

Dear Dr. Yael

Most people do not realize that we are causing our physical, emotional and behavioral health problems and generally try harder to go faster.

Get Engaged Already!

It is heartwarming to hear that you both found a way to date that was safe with backyard benches in the place of hotel lobbies and local restaurants.

Everything Changes…

The only thing we can be sure of as a constant is change. Change is hard and we are often resistant.


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