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How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical…

How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical Handbook for Family Life

by Anita Diamant

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  icm | Oct 3, 2008 |
I enjoyed this book, and found it very helpful. It is not "you must do this, you must do that," the feeling I get is more "these are the guidelines, here are the traditions, now work out what is best for you." I think the book would work as well for more Conservative families as it did for my Reform family. Also, I very much appreciated that the authors incorporated discussion on how to make Jewish traditions work in mixed families, and how to deal with the intrusion of the gentile world. The Ages & Stages breakdowns were terrific, with ideas on how to make holidays, celebrations, and other observances fun, or at least accessible, for all ages.
As a Jewish mother in a mixed marriage, living in a community that (as far as I can tell) is entirely non-Jewish, this book really helped me figure out what kinds of things I can do to establish a Jewish home and family life for my daughter. ( )
  Meijhen | Jun 15, 2007 |
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"Parenting is a wholly human practice, and a holy one." This description of parenting comes from the Preface of How to Be a Jewish Parent by Anita Diamant, with Karen Kushner. At a time when statistics predict continued dilution of Jewish identity, when many "discussions of Jewish parenting seem like a last-ditch effort to preserve an endangered way of life," Diamant and Kushner instead consider parenting to be the project of "raising healthy, joyful human beings within our rich, diverse, life-giving tradition." The first part of the book, "Parents as Teachers," describes how to create Jewish spaces within the home, how to involve children in a Jewish community, and how to teach them about the Jewish calendar. The second part of the book, "Ages and Stages," addresses the particular challenges of raising children in various age groups. And the third section, "Modern Life," speaks to some particularly challenging situations, such as physical, mental, and learning disabilities. Throughout, Diamant and Kushner combine insights from scripture, psychology, education, and everyday experience. Like Diamant's previous books, How to Be a Jewish Parent arrives as the definitive reference in its field. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Author Diamant joins with family therapist Kushner draw from many sources to describe the practices, customs, and values that go into creating a Jewish home. They share their own and other parents' stories and observations, combine insights from Jewish tradition with contemporary developmental thinking about how children learn and grow, give creative, practical answers to many questions, provide guidance on how to foster Jewish decision making for children of all ages, describe how to make your home a "Jewish space," and explain the importance of synagogue membership, holiday celebrations, community service, and other family activities.… (more)

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