Does formal schooling really teach you how to think, or does it influence you to defend your society's values? Rabbi Berger presents a sobering look at the current trends in education, and suggests an attitude you might consider adopting for being a truly free thinker of the highest order.
For many wives, the experience of 10 Days of Awe consists of cooking, kids and keeping house. In this two part class Rav Berkovits firstly explains how a responsible husband, particularly during the month of Elul, can encourage his wife to grow, and in what ways he can help lessen her burden. In the second part hear practical ways he can share his daily acquired knowledge with her - especially during the first year of marriage. Learn the art of sharing life messages with the one you love the most.
Before we discipline our children, it's a good idea to first understand what in fact discipline is supposed to accomplish. Without paying attention to this goal we tend to slip into telling them "if you don't... then you can't..." Learn the fundamentals for upgrading their behavior without threats or manipulation. Also hear a few techniques on teaching and reaching without needing to get tough.
How should you react when you're certain your child is lying to you? How can you open such a discussion without going on the offense? And what's the trick to calm down a room full of screaming children without joining the fray? Rabbi Greenwald offers sharp insights that achieve immediate results.
Dealing with the school system today may be very different from the system you grew up with. Rabbi Greenwald compares the roles, responsibilities and conjunctions between the school and parents, and recommends ways to worm your way onto the good side of your child’s teachers and principal.
Teaching children to be 'menschen' is top priority. So at what stage does their 'playing' end, and serious character building begin? And more, to what extent are parents responsible for their child's life decisions? Rabbi Leff sets out the parameters and realigns misconceptions that undermine basic educational standards that should prevail in the home.
This class is jam-packed with analogies and stories - blink twice and you'll miss a lot. Rabbi Morgenstern gives a clear but entertaining expose on how to practically live up to Derech Eretz Kadma LaTorah (proper behavior as the foundation of Torah). Actions such as simply helping to tidy up, mentioning the value of work others do, plus hear a score of other practical ways to put your learning into action.
The Haggadah was designed to be given over in a 'question & answer' format - to awaken us, and to teach us over again this Pesach epic from scratch. Rabbi Orlowek explains how this carefully constructed classic shows us the most effective way to stimulate interest, and how to draw one's feelings to experience the hardships and the miracles our nation experienced within Egypt. In other words, hear some well-honed advice on keeping you kids awake and involved.
Rabbi Orlowek explains that children, and many adults for that matter, need to feel they are in a supportive environment that is conducive to understanding and empathy before they can open up to you. Experience the art of active listening at its finest, and how it not only encourages full expression of what's bothering them, but also establishes a secure bond of trust between you and your child.
Would you like your child to develop this pure desire - 'Mommy, is this good for me?' This engaging chinuch talk offers sound advice for helping your kids keep a healthy distance from negative influences.