Purposeful Parenting

We all strive to be great parents, and many of us try to practice some form of "purposeful parenting." But even the most deliberate parent likely sometimes finds him/herself harried and busy, just trying to get through the day. When this happens, often we end up dismissive rather than compassionate with our children.This blog post by Janet Landsbury really spoke to me about some of those moments - the ones that I might be inclined to quickly gloss over, or dismiss my child's feelings in an effort to move my day along. It wouldn't take any longer to be purposeful in these moments than it takes to be dismissive, but the mileage it could deliver in my relationship with my children is immeasurably significant. I hope you enjoy reading a little bit about how we can use even the tough moments to connect more with our kids.

Rabbi Sarah Meytin, Assistant Director