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Parenting with Purpose
Sara Teichman, PsyD
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Can't vs Won't
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
January 22nd, 2020
Dear Dr T, How do I get my children – ages two to ten – to sit and co-operate at the Shabbos seuda? They know all about Shabbos,  but they just won’t do what they are supposed to do. The shabbos table is such a struggle, and by the time it is over, everyone is frustrated and out of sorts. Are there behavioral techniques I could use to get everyone on par?   Dr T, Can’t or won’t? Are your children unable, or …
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
December 31st, 2019
Dear Dr. T., I have a sweet, adorable five-year-old daughter who is perfect in every way. Well- almost perfect. She has this peculiar habit of saving stuff that is so out of character for her. You see, each of my kids has a ‘junk drawer’ where they keep all their treasures. Most of the children save stuff like school projects, prizes, coins, anything special. I hardly ever go into the drawers and really don’t care what the kids …
Out of Control
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
November 21st, 2019
Dear Dr. T., I hate to admit this, but our 11-year-old son is out of control, at home and in school. He is angry, moody, and undisciplined; he just about does whatever he wants and tries to get away with it. At quieter times, he complains that no-one likes him and no-one wants to play with him. Needless to say, he does not do his schoolwork. Though we certainly try to discipline him, giving him ‘time out,’ positive and negative conseq …
The Apology - For Teens
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
October 30th, 2019
We are all human and make mistakes. And, while ‘a mistake is just a mistake”, when someone is hurt by our error– even inadvertently- we are accountable. The Torah requires us to take responsibility -which means apologize and make repair. For most of us, this is not an easy thing to do – especially if it is to our parents or siblings. We don’t like confrontation and are afraid of the reaction of the other person. Yet …
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
September 22nd, 2019
                                                      Dear Dr T, My wife is a wonderful mother. She is a great communicator and really works on understanding our children. So, why am I writing you? Well, I would like an opinion on a point of contention. See, it’s like this. At night, when our kids are safely …
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
August 22nd, 2019
                                                   Binah #231- Recess   Dear Dr. T.,  We are looking into yeshiva for our first son [he has three older sisters] in our large metropolita …
Disciplining Moishy
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
August 4th, 2019
Dear Dr T., My Moishy is driving me crazy! He’s eight and cute and full of life – but he doesn’t listen to a word I say. It goes like this: “Moishy, get ready for bed.” [X3] “Moishy, get ready for bed!” [really loud voice] “Moishy, get ready for bed or you won’t get Shabbos party this week. [no response] “Moishy, get ready for bed!!!!! [Lock the door from outside so he can’t come o …
Summer Anyone?
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
July 8th, 2019
                                                              Nefesh Blog- Summer Anyone? Dr. T, It seems to defy common sense, but many of us st …
Tags: Summer, kid, kids
"Ma, What Should I Do?"
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
May 19th, 2019
Dear Dr. T,  “Mom! I’m bored! What should I do?” This is the part of summer I like least. Not that I don’t deserve this: I remember complaining to my parents all the time. Nevertheless, after all my planning, running around and shlepping to the country, it is disheartening to be hit with these moans and groans.  How do I help my children learn l to occupy themselves?   Dr. T. Replies,, Those long, lazy days …
Pesach Crush
Author: Sara Teichman, PsyD
April 1st, 2019
Dear Dr. T.,  I have always loved Pesach- as a young girl and as a Mom of little ones and teens. But, the last few yom tovim have been trying, to say the least, and I wonder if you could help.  You see- most of my children are ‘young-marrieds’ with a few children each. Because they live in out of town kollelim, they all want to come home for the seder and be with family.  So, what’s the problem? Well, though my ch …