Relationships and Temperament

Relationships and Temperament

“You’re so lazy! You can’t finish anything you start!” Sue shouts at her best friend, Melissa. “Well, you’re a total killjoy!” Melissa retorts heatedly. “That was my cousin from Chicago calling; I just wanted to hear about her soccer game. It doesn’t hurt to take a...
Parenting Skills: Confronting Bullying Behavior

Parenting Skills: Confronting Bullying Behavior

An initial plan for parents who want  to protect their children. If you are told that your child is verbally or physically bullying other children, now is not the time to jump to your child’s defense.  Children can be mean; it doesn’t mean they are bad. If you protect...
Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others

Are we born with our personalities, or does life make us who we are? I remember my tenth-grade teacher posing this question, and the passionate debate among my classmates that ensued. Are people mostly a result of “nature” their inborn qualities, or “nurture,” how...
Foolproof? A Study in Statistics

Foolproof? A Study in Statistics

Testimonials! That’s what you need when you write an ad for the frum community!” The extremely perky graphic artist who was interviewing for a job with me was certain. “People want to read stories about how it works. Numbers are boring.” She has a point. Numbers can...
Role of Rewards

Role of Rewards

Building Our Children’s Willpower You’re an honest person, right? You’d never take something that doesn’t belong to you, correct? We can trust you, I can tell.” These are the words that accompanied the end of a fictitious “job interview” set up by a popular television...