March 22, 2017

Raising A Child With Soul – Review

I recently had the privelege of hearing Rebbetzin Slovie Jungreis -Wolf speak on the topic of parenting and immediately went to Amazon to buy her book, Raising A Child With Soul.  I was so inspired by her talk that I wanted to share this information with you and since Mother’s Day is just around the corner I thought it would be a great idea to get this book as a gift for yourself for this upcoming Mother’s Day (I did).  I can’t think of any better gift.

Here’s a copy of the notes I took while listening to her beautiful talk.

The foundation for raising children:

1-      Attitude of Gratitude:  If I appreciate and cherish what I have been given I become a grateful person and respect  and appreciate the people and things in my life.  Teach our children to say, ‘thank you’. Yes, it is supposed to happen (dinner, soccer, …) but tell your children, ‘you have the responsibility to say, thank you’  even if its supposed to happen.   On the same note, teach our children to appreciate time. Time is not here for wasting. To teach this, we have to show appreciation to each other. Appreciation for what we’ve been given. When we appreciate we begin to act with respect. Stop taking it all forgranted.

2-      Compassion Chesed: Teach children to learn how to feel the pain of others.  This is how you teach children to be great, like Moshe Rabbeinu/Moses, by feeling the pain of others. Great means feeling the pain of others.

3-      Priorities in Parenting: Tell your children how Blessed they are to you. Really spend time with them. Our children just want our time, a listening ear, a listening heart.  Turn off your phone when you are eating with your children, reading a story. Let them know they are your priority, you love them unconditionally.

Here’s the link to Slovie Jungreis – Wolf’s book, Raising A Child With Soul again.  It makes the best Mother’s Day gift for yourself or a friend or mother in your life.

 

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts

In my family we don’t necessarily give each other gifts on time.  We kind of just get gifts as they are needed and attribute them to the nearest gift giving date.  That being said, I will share with you some of my favorite gifts of the year – which you can choose to use for Mother’s Day or simply buy and attribute to Mother’s Day (like us).

1. A Professional Cappuccino Maker

I received our Cappuccino Maker about a month ago so we call it an early Mother’s Day gift.  I was able to justify the hefty price when I figured out how much I was spending going to my local kosher Dunkin Donuts once (and sometimes twice) a day for a Cappuccino.  Figure $3 a day times 300 days a year (I don’t buy any on Shabbos) comes out to $900 a year on Cappuccino.  Our machine cost around $800 and came with the first few pounds of coffee beans.  For some reason, I can’t tolerate the caffeine in regular coffee and with 4 young kids in the house, my Cappuccino addiction is justified.  I can’t begin to tell you how much we are enjoying this Cappuccino machine.  Aside from my morning fix, I make sure to make one right before my kids come home from school and wow – I can almost keep up with them!

Amazon is the best place to buy a machine like this (Amazon is the best place to buy most things these days).  We bought the DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine from Amazon for $799 which was and still is $200 off its regular price.  This machine is computerized and grinds the coffee beans fresh and makes the espresso automatically and has a steam/frothing mechanism.  But Amazon carries a full range of manual and automatic machines ranging from under $100 to over $1000 so you can truly find a machine to fit any budget.  You can view Amazon’s full line of Espresso/Cappucino machines here.

2. Apple iPad Tablet

I also received the Apple iPad 2 a few months ago, we’ll call it a late Anniversary gift (our anniversary is in December).  Its probably the only thing I love more than my Cappuccino machine.   As I often meet clients and do a lot of my work at Starbucks or in kosher restaurants, I wasn’t so comfortable lugging my laptop around with me everywhere I went.  Yet, since I have a Dell Laptop to manage most of my professional documents and files on, I didn’t need all the fancy new features of the iPad 3 (retina display, faster processor, 4G Internet).  So, we opted for  the older model, the iPad 2 and saved a few hundred dollars.  Between the iCloud and simple FREE apps like DropBox, all of the documents I need are easily up to date and accessible whether I’m away from my office using my iPad or at my home office using my Laptop.  Even if you don’t need it for work, welcoming someone to the world of  Tablets and Apps is a pretty awesome gift that says, ‘I love you’.  I LOVE MY iPAD.  This gift will surely make the ‘mom’ in your life very happy.  You can find Apple iPad 2 on Amazon for $389 (16GB memory) and the iPad 3 for $565 (16GB).

3 & 4. Tablet Accessories

In my opinion, an iPad Tablet is a necessary office supply today for most professionals -whether you’re a blogger, entrepreneur or business executive.  I often recommend that clients buy a soupped up iPad 3 instead of a new laptop, saving a lot of money and offering  the same features plus a lot more features (Apps anyone?) than a laptop today.   So for the mom who already has an iPad, or to bundle with the new iPad you’re getting her, here are my two favorite accessories.  I personally have the Snugg, iPad case which is very functional and nice for $29 .  I am in love with the Kore Tech (TM) Leather Folio Case (Purple) with Flip Stand for Apple iPad 2/iPad 3/**The New iPad**(Built-in magnet for Apple Smart Cover’s sleep & awake) + (USB Sync/Charging Cable for iPad/iPhone/iPod) – SPECIAL PROMO SALE for only $16.21 in purple.  How gorgeous is this!

I also really love my messenger bag/purse/handbag, whichever you call it, that fits the iPad along with my wallet, keys and other necessities.  I AM SO IN LOVE WITH MY BAG.  I slip my iPad into it and go out to a meeting and my virtual office is with me – i’m organized and professional and barely carrying a thingThis Coach messanger/crossbody bag om brown is really beautiful, fits the iPad and will be adored by whoever owns it.

5.  Bling

Bling is very in right now – the bigger the better.  A nice watch is a classic gift for mom’s and you know that because Amazon has some of them at 80% off for Mother’s Day.  You can find copies of high end designer watches for as low as $43 like this Sartego Women’s SRFK11 Click Interchangeable Bands Watchwhich is a nice replica of this TechnoMarine Women’s 208020 MoonSun Ceramic Mini Gold-Plated White Watch that sells for over $1,000.

Other great gift ideas can be found in some of the products I’ve reviewed like ShopYourCloset, Not2Shabbey and M&MDesigns.

What is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day 2012 will be this coming Sunday, May 13.  Mother’s Day is traditionallay observed on the second Sunday of May and celebrates the important roles that mothers serve in society.  The holiday was started by Anna Jarvis in 1908 to pay tribute to mothers and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made the holiday official by signing it into law.

Mother’s Day is one of the most commercialized  holidays in the United States, and sales for gifts peak during the days preceding Mother’s Day. It is common for children to buy gifts, flowers, and  cards for their mothers on Mother’s Day.  England also has an equivalent  holiday to Mother’s Day called “Mothering Day” that is celebrated on  the fourth Sunday during the month of Lent.