Articles tagged with: Family

14August

Why I am an Overscheduled Parent

Why I am an Overscheduled Parent


Another school year is starting. I’ve spent the last few weeks gathering school supplies, school uniforms and mentally preparing for the shift from the more relaxed summer to the frenzy of the school year. My kids are in elementary school (1st & 4th grade) so it isn’t really the school work that gets crazy ... it's our activities.

Written by Rachel Simon, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

18November

Thanksgivukkah: Never Before, Never Again

Thanksgivukkah:  Never Before, Never Again

An anomaly in the Jewish calendar has resulted in the first day of Chanukah coinciding with Thanksgiving Day. Foodies are going wild, concocting delicacies combining the trademark foods of each holiday, and a few mom-and-pop entrepreneurs are selling “menurky’s” and t-shirts. Songsters are blending Chanukah favorites and Thanksgiving ballads in preparation for regaling their guests and for their own amusement.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

07November

Aging During the Holidays

How to Enhance the JOY for YOUR Older Adults During Holidays

Aging During the Holidays

With all of the celebrations it brings, the holiday season is the happiest time of year for many people. But it is important to remember that for numerous older adults, the holidays may not bring the same pleasant feelings as they did in the past. This time of year can be quite challenging for older adults and can even be painful. That said, there are a few things you can do this year to help make sure the holidays are pleasurable for everyone in your life.

Written by Mandy Kaufman, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

31July

10 Tips to Get Ready for "Back to School"

10 Tips to Get Ready for

Everyone loves the carefree pace of summer, but with the start of school around the corner, it’s time to ease back into the daily routine. There’s no doubt that the shift from summer to fall is the hardest of all, so we hope these top 10 tips will make your transition a little simpler!

Written by Dan Arnold, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

15January

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

It’s hard to believe a month has passed since the lives of 27 children and adults were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The residents of that small community are desperately trying to find a new normal. Just last week, the children have returned to classes, albeit in a different building.

Written by Dan Arnold, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

29November

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

As the Resource Support Specialist for Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging, I get a lot of calls about the services and support we offer families. Each one is different, but many callers have common concerns. I try to give as much information as I can while trying to offer support for the caller, and, of course, all calls are confidential. Here are just a few examples of questions with typical answers I offer:

Written by Cori Sackin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

30August

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Our eldest son started Middle School two weeks ago. What a shock. Not so much for him – for me! He got into the car the first day after cross country, which he all of a sudden decided to take up a few weeks ago, very excited about the day and all the cool things about school. He loves moving around for every class, and because the class makeup changes, he has at least a couple of friends in each. In many ways it seems very much like when I was in junior high back in the late 1970s.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

15August

Good Sportsmanship: Modeling the Olympic Spirit for Our Kids

Good Sportsmanship: Modeling the Olympic Spirit for Our Kids

As we reflect on the 2012 Olympic Games we will always remember the extraordinary events, and the athleticism displayed in each sport.What will also stay in our memories is seeing opponents from around the worldwarmly embrace each other, despite their individual outcome A heartwarming example was seen when two track competitors from different countries switched jerseys after a race, leaving each other sporting the opposing country’s jersey, even though only one of them had just won a gold medal. These competitors have become accustomed to competitions,and perhaps being a good sport comes as second nature to them. They are excellent representations of sportsmanship for our kids, but how can we set an example?

Written by Ashley Semerenko, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

14February

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM). We are pleased to share a blog post from Deborah Greene, wife of Rabbi Fred Greene of Temple Beth Tikvah and the mother of three daughters, the oldest of whom has autism. Deborah is devoted to raising autism awareness, and she shares her family's life on the autism spectrum in “Puzzled: Raising a Child with Autism & Other Pieces of Family Life.” We found her story to be extremely poignant, and we are honored she agreed to be a guest blogger for “The Sharpest Tools in the Shed.”

JF&CS is dedicated to supporting our clients and their families with disabilities, and we are touched  by Deborah’s meaningful words. Even if you are not Jewish, we believe you will find her words meaningful as well.

Written by Deborah Greene, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services

18January

Addressing Bullying Head On

Addressing Bullying Head On

For parents, it is one of the greatest nightmares: someone harming their child, physically or emotionally. Imagine the nightmare the child endures.

Kayla*, 13 years old, was teased repeatedly for her appearance. Her peers and even adults ignored or dismissed the open harassment. She became withdrawn at home and started to talk about how her family would be better off without her. But she didn’t want to be identified to school authorities for fear of further retaliation.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

04January

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

On December 31, 2011, JF&CS said goodbye to one of most faithful and long-standing employees, when Barbara Rosenberg retired after 22 years of incredible service.  Her outstanding achievements have positioned JF&CS’ NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program and older adult services as one of the leading programs available for older adults in the State of Georgia.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services