Is there a “School for Mommies”?

Is there a “School for Mommies”?

Parenting in Reverse I remember driving home fast, reaching back to tickle toes to keep my daughter awake in her car seat, until I could put her down for her nap. I don’t know how this happened so fast but now she’s all grown up and drives herself. Last...
How Big Is Your Purse?

How Big Is Your Purse?

photo credit: Tamara Bells/Unsplash Seriously, what do you have in there? I’m asking as a man who carries a super-thin wallet. The few items I carry in my wallet allow me to buy my next meal, show ID at work, or call AAA. That’s all I really need. It’s an old joke...
She’s growing up

She’s growing up

I sit back, her kiss still fresh on my cheek, her laughter still echoing in the car, and watch my little girl climb the steps to the preschool at our local synagogue. In a month, I thought, she’ll be sleeping in her own new bed and making all new friends. No, she’s...
Warning Label for Parents

Warning Label for Parents

Babies don’t come with a manual. At least they should have a warning label on their little hospital cap for the new parent: WARNING: Parenting may cause stress. Sources of stress include Facebook, your friends, relatives, societal pressure, and a lack of...
Yes you can…

Yes you can…

…do *LESS* for your kids You aren’t just raising a child. You are preventing colon cancer. You wake up every morning to pave the road to an Ivy League education. Face it: before you get out of bed in the morning, you hoist the weight of the world on your...
What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

Heroes take action. We admire people who act boldly. But sometimes we overdo our fascination with “taking action.” We like to say: Don’t just sit there, do something. Get to your desk early and stay until closing time. We become slaves to the clock,...
Who is on Your “Starting Five”?

Who is on Your “Starting Five”?

Author Jim Rohn suggested that you are the “average” of the five people with whom you spend the most time in your life. Think about the people with whom you spend the most time each day. (Take a moment and write down a list of your top five.) Now ask...
What can you change?

What can you change?

I have worked in large urban public schools for over 15 years and my kids have gone through public elementary, middle, and high schools in suburbs. I have two front-row seats to witness How Schools Really Work: Extreme Edition. If a school is running...