Raising Confident Daughters

Pay attention to what your daughter is learning in school. Are women represented? See if there is a way to incorporate more positive role models.

Safe Family Gatherings

You might wonder why someone in my field is writing about this topic. The truth is that we have all seen that isolation is rampant and a secondary symptom of this pandemic.

Stress Relief from a Soviet Gulag

It is human nature to look forward to a milestone, to say, “by next Pesach, we will be back to normal and celebrating together.” The problem with that is when next Pesach comes and things remain the same, you will feel crestfallen and distraught.

Feeling SAD?

While those who suffer from SAD syndrome generally begin to feel the effects once we change the clock and the days get shorter, these symptoms have been intensified by Covid-19 and the way that the pandemic has changed our life.

Bad At Math?

Some of the anxiety associated with math comes from the need to be perfect, to always get the right answer.

Why Girls Should be Confident

How can you notice this imbalance in your children? Pay attention to the way they speak.

Why Liking Your Teacher Matters

Both instilling motivation and creating a safe space are integral parts of learning, helping students feel that they both want to learn and that the conditions are right for learning.

Dear Dr. Yael

I am so sorry about what happened to you and to your family. Please don’t feel guilty. You had no idea this would happen.

Social Thinking and Thinking Social

Improving our social thinking begins with improving self-awareness, and is a skill that is used for much more than having successful social interactions.

Brain Breaks!

Whether your child is at home or in school learning, incorporate brain breaks – time for movement that can actually jump start the brain.

Are Our Children All Zoomed Out?

In addition to the challenge of making lessons interesting, it’s difficult for teachers to gage the progress of students.

Making Good Choices

What’s the problem with our decision-making process? How can we deal with it even in this most stressful times?

Thanks For The Feedback!

Don’t get stuck on the “who” of the feedback. Instead, focus on the “what.”

Battling The Anxiety Bug

For those who have lost their regular routines, who go to sleep and wake up with uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring, it is likely that they are experiencing anxiety.

2,4,6,8… How Can We Motivate?

As soon as we wake up, we are (hopefully) motivated to join the world.

What’s The Problem?

What about emotional and mental health issues? How do we get to the root of those? There are diagnostics, tests, and surveys to help diagnose emotional or mental issues. But, we all know that there are times that we get it wrong.

Back To School Bellyaches

They went through the same process every year: Moshe kicking and screaming in the car on the way to school, two months of crying before he went to sleep, and then Moshe’s eventual resignation and despair for the duration of the year.

Mom, He’s Bothering Me Again!

This year, with most camps closed and several months with no school, siblings have already spent lots of time together. This can make the conflict even more pronounced.

Where Are Your Priorities?

If your child is struggling with an activity, consider speaking to the teacher about his or her goals for the activity.

Mommyyyy… I’m Bored!

Get creative – and collaborative. Brainstorm your children’s passions and come up with large projects that they can work on by themselves or with a friend or family member remotely.

Bouncing Back From The Covid-19 Crisis

While the virus still affects our daily lives and our futures are uncertain, we can still recognize that there is a lot of work...

Don’t Let Your Anger Get The Best Of You!

Often we have negative voices that we listen to in our heads. Voices that tell us that we are a “loser,” that we will “never succeed,” or that we need to be better at something.

When Temper Tantrums Get Out Of Control

Some blow up dozens of times a day, others just a few times a week. Some ‘lose it’ only at home, others only in school, and still others in any conceivable location. Some scream when they become frustrated, others become physically or verbally aggressive.

Teens & Sleep

Without enough sleep, teens can feel like they are walking around in a perpetual haze. And this haze can lead to disastrous consequences.

Mind Over Manners

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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