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Community Blog What I Wish I’d Known

By Bonnie Glickman
Bonnie Glickman

Parenting is the most demanding and humbling job that most of us will ever take on. Yet, there is no standardized course of study, no user’s manual, and no licensure required for being a parent. Most of us try to deal with the myriad decisions we must make as we strive to raise healthy, well-adjusted, stable kids in our rapidly-changing world. We try to use our deeply held values as a guide.

But what exactly are those values and how were they formed? How do they square with the world in which we live? How do our decisions work for our children, who come with their own temperaments, strengths, and challenges? And how does our Jewish heritage figure in with all of this? Hebrew College’s course, Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens, offers parents an opportunity to step back and reflect on Jewish thought and wisdom both age-old and contemporary to find guidance for the answers to these questions.

My three children are grown and living adult lives. I wish I had had the opportunity to take this course when they were in their tweens!  What would I have appreciated learning from this course at that point in my life?

I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to help parents explore this wisdom, search within themselves for answers to their important questions, and find common ground with each other during this challenging stage.


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