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  • The Secret to Being the Best Parent Possible – Nov 9, 2015 The Secret to Being the Best Parent Possible By Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, Managing Director, Makor HaTikvah Messianic Hebrew Day School If someone were to ask most of us whether or not our parents loved us, most of us would answer with a resounding, “Yes, of course.”  However, if someone were to ask us how good and how effective ...
  • Twice Rejected, Twice Chosen (New) Sep 3, 2015 Twice Rejected, Twice Chosen By G.H. Makor HaTikvah Parent When it comes to the question of adoption, prospective parents grapple with many issues, such as “Those children will never really be ‘our children.’” However, God has also adopted us, and we are really and truly His children for we are able to call Him Abba (Father). Therefore, I ...
  • When He Is Old, He Will Not Depart From It By Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, Managing Director, Makor HaTikvah One of the most familiar scriptures to every parent is Proverbs 22:6 which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Yet, knowing the verse doesn’t guarantee taking up the charge in a way ...
  • What Students Remember Most About Teachers Written By: Dr. Richard Curwin Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall, I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And ...
  • Where Did He Think It Was Headed? The Importance of  Teaching Second-Level Thinking To Our Children  Written By: Cookie Schwaeber-Issan The familiar story of Esau selling his birthright to his brother Jacob is still relevant today as it relates to second-level thinking. As the story goes, Esau is outraged and even taken by surprise when he learns that his father Isaac has already given “the ...
  • Can Assessments Motivate By: Richard L. Curwin A child is attempting to ride a bicycle, and the bike falls over. Another child, learning to walk, loses her balance and lands on her bottom. A baby’s green peas slide off his spoon as he moves it toward his mouth. How do their parents respond? Good parents don’t say, “You fail; you’re ...
  • Making the Home a Place Where Homework Gets Completed By: Doctor Richard Curwin Conditions at home can also have a powerful effect on whether or not homework gets done. We all know that the main resistance when it comes to doing something we’d rather not do is mostly simply in getting started. Once we start, we usually finish or at least get most of it ...
  • How to Make Consequences Work By: Dr. Richard Curwin Along with Dr. Allen N. Mendler, my close friend and co-author of several books, I have spent a great deal of time promoting the use of consequences over punishments. We define a punishment as what is done to us (detentions, suspensions, checkmarks on public boards, calls home), and a consequence as what ...
  • Who’s Gifted? Written By: Joy Urbach The truth is, we all (or almost all of us) believe our child or children are gifted.  Consequently, we all want our children to be given the best possible education, that is appropriate for them. It is often easy to recognize when our child needs special help, especially if they personally struggle in ...
  • The Prayer of Blessing By:  Katya Morrison Many of us have been given the blessing of children.  This blessing may have come by way of actually having birthed children or it may be that we have grandchildren, nephews and nieces, or children of dear friends that have been placed in our lives.  There are also other ways to inherit children.  ...

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