This Week’s Best Videos, Links, and Photos

This Week’s Best Videos, Links, and Photos

The Squirm (3-Minute Funny Video): This’ll make you smile. Your kid has to go to the bathroom, but doesn’t want to stop playing…so what does he do? The squirm! A newly-released music video by my friend, JewishMOM Alexa Witt.

The Key to Success: GRIT (6-Minute TED Talk) One researcher discovers the secret of successful kids (and parents): Grit. LOVED this.

6 Reasons to Have 6 Kids by Julie Cole When shocked people ask Julie Cole why she chose to have 6 kids, here’s what she tells them. Sweet, true, and funny article.

Grim stats released this week about Israeli children. One important statistic not included in this article: 1 in 5 Israeli children has suffered from sexual abuse. US statistics aren’t much more encouraging: 1 in 4 American girls and 1 in 7 boys has been molested. So what can we do to keep our kids safe? Watch your children very carefully and teach them these four tools to stay safe.

Matthew Jeffers, a Jewish day-school graduate with a debilitating disease gives a peptalk to his favorite football team. He tells them: “Life is not fair, it doesn’t care about feeling sorry for yourself or self-pity. THE ONLY DISABILITY IN LIFE IS A BAD ATTITUDE. A positive attitude is the most positive combatant to life’s misfortunes.” Pretty inspiring.

"A mother's goal is to make herself obsolete." --Hadassah Aber

“A mother’s goal is to make herself obsolete.” –Based on comment from Hadassah Aber


If you want to have a happy child, remember…you can’t give your child anything you don’t have yourself.–Based on quotation in Binah Magazine from Sara Debbie Gutfreund

One comment

  1. I really enjoyed the second two film clips. The parents who try to solve all problems for their children no matter what age, even the littlest ones learning to crawl, reach, stand, or walk, give kids the message that if it is too hard, don’t bother or let someone else do it for you. They are loving parents who don’t want to see the child suffer, but it is similar to breaking open a cocoon so the butterfly doesn’t have to struggle to get out. It will never develop its muscles needed for flying without going through the ordeal. One of the pesukim that the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged all kids to learn goes like this, “yagatee, v’lo matzati, al ta’amin, lo Yagatee u’mazatee al ta’amin, Yagatee umatzati taamin.” (If someone says, ‘I tried but did not succeed.’ do not believe them. If they say, “I succeeded without trying,” don’t believe them. If they say, “I tried and succeeded.” Believe it.) If we think we can make it just on talent or gifts it won’t last. If we barely try or hardly put in effort we won’t get there either. We can do it if we really want to and keep on trying. Parents can model this for their kids when things don’t go right – a failed recipe, getting lost on a trip, etc. Yes, we all need Hashem’s brocha but we have to put our efforts out as well. (thanks for the quote – I love the picture!)

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