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Parenting with Purpose
Sara Teichman, PsyD
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Purim Woes
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
February 7th, 2018
Dear Dr T, Last Purim, I felt really bad for my fourteen year old daughter and I would like to help her this year. Somehow, she got very caught up with the misloach manos. She was frantic about making the right thing for her friends- an original theme, fancy stuff- you get the picture. Then, she was disappointed and out of joint all day because she felt that she didn’t get as many baskets as her friends or siblings. It didn’t seem to …
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My Child's a Thief
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
January 16th, 2018
  Dear Dr. T., I would never believe that this could happen to me. My 10-year-old daughter has been caught stealing money at school.  Some background: We are a typical, large family in the community. We are very careful in matters of character, and I would never expect such outrageous behavior. In fact, we have never had any problems with this child before. She is our middle child, quiet and well-mannered. Though she obviously understan …
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Lowering the Temperature
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
January 1st, 2018
Dear Dr. T., Sometimes when I look into my children’s eyes, I shudder to think at the parent I have become.  Let me explain. I wake up every morning with the best of intentions: I will keep my cool and be positive with my children. But, like failed dieting, my resolve melts sooner or later in the day- when a child spills, I am late again, or there is just too much stuff for one set of parents to deal with. I quickly become irritable an …
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Chanukah
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
December 11th, 2017
Chanukah                              Dear Dr. T, I have always loved Chanukah, especially the look on my children’s faces as they receive their gifts. However, the past few years, I have noticed a change. I find that my children get such an overabundance of ‘stuff’ that they lose their appreciation for each individual gift. I catch their eyes darting aro …
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Homework
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
October 22nd, 2017
                                               Dear Dr T, Who invented homework? Every night we face torture and chaos as my older children [ages 8 -11] try to get their homework done. I feel trapped in this nightly stru …
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Surviving Yom Tov
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
October 3rd, 2017
Dear Dr. T.,  I’m not sure this is a ‘parenting question’: more likely it’s a ‘parent’ question. It’s my turn to  go to my parents for yom tov and I truly look forward to spending time with my parents and sibs. My issue is a very personal one. I very much want my children –ages 2 to 12- to be on their best behavior because we get together infrequently and this is my chance to share my nach …
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Dreading Rosh Hashana
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
September 12th, 2017
  Dear Dr T. I ‘ve never seen this question in any of our Torah publications, so I hope you will take the time to respond. With Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur approaching, I feel increasingly anxious and tense. It’s not just that I feel aimas hadin; it’s something else entirely. You see, in my family, we take davening very seriously: going to shul from the beginning of shacharis until after ma’ariv is standard. But, today …
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School Days
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
August 31st, 2017
Dear Dr T., School is starting! This year, I would like to make my son’s learning a real priority. But, how do I convince my fifth grade son to do his very best in school? He is an easy-going kid and he takes advantage of the fact that because of our many community obligations we are not always around to help with his homework. He seems content with being a B+ student, though we have been told by the rebbeim that he can do better. We have t …
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What Should I Do?
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
August 6th, 2017
Dear Dr T., I have a problem with my two and a half year old. He is always hurting his one-year-old brother. Even if I am playing with them both, the older one may just take a toy and throw it at the baby. I am writing to you as a last resort though I don’t know if you can help me. I certainly have asked many people – parents, siblings, friends, and even a rebbitzen in my community. People say all kind of things: from just looking awa …
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It's Not Fair!
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
July 13th, 2017
Dear Dr T., My parents have just offered to take our ten year old daughter to Israel this summer. She would love to go and we feel that this is a real opportunity for her. My husband and I are concerned, however, that it would not be fair to send her because her twelve year old brother cannot go. His yeshiva is on the eleven month schedule, so he is in school at the time that my parents are going. What do you think? Is it right for us to let her …
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