In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Proposed law mandates perfect kids under 18 --- or else

By Jessica Ivins | Ever feel like you need to handcuff your kids to the dishwasher to get them to finish cleaning up after dinner? The Spanish government is looking to send in some serious (and unconventional) backup for parents in the country.

Instead of just getting grounded for ignoring household chores, kids in Spain may soon be facing trouble with the law. Yes, you read that right. The Spanish Parliament has already passed a draft law — "The Rights and Duties of Children" — that requires kids under the age of 18 to be actively involved in household duties and to "participate in family life" without complaint, according to Spain's ABC newspaper.

The law states that kids would have a "co-responsibility for caring for the home," and would be required to "perform household tasks regardless of gender," according to Today Moms. Responsibilities would vary depending on age, but all children would have specific jobs to do. Kids who don't do their jobs are essentially breaking the law.

In other words: every parent's dream.

But it's not just about chores. Children would be legally obligated to treat their parents, siblings and other family members with respect. That means sibling bickering is strictly banned, impoliteness illegal and backtalk outlawed.

Legislators feel that same respect should extend to the classroom as well. The law requires kids to heed teachers, adhere to school rules and "maintain a positive attitude about learning."

But parents, before you pack your bags and head to Spain, consider the catch. In its current form, the draft doesn't specify punishment for kids who dare to ignore the dishes — meaning you can't send your kid to the slammer for a night, no matter how much you may be tempted.

It's likely mom and dad will still be the ones to determine and enforce punishment, not the police department. But legislators say it's an important shift toward giving children responsibility, according to UK's Daily Mail.

Parents need not always threaten legal action to motivate kids to help out around the house. A new study out this week revealed the magic motivating word for the younger set when it comes to cleaning up toys: helper.

The study, published in the journal Child Development, was conducted by teams from several U.S. universities and focused on 150 kids between the ages of 3 and 6.

The findings can be explained by simply changing a verb into a noun — children were more likely to clean up when asked to be a helper, rather than just to help.

"When you use the noun 'helper' — a description that points to a child's basic character and identity — they're more motivated to prove that it's true," lead study author Christopher J. Bryan told Yahoo Shine. "Helping is something kids know they 'should' do, so it makes them feel good about living up to an ideal."

Bryan weighed in on the controversial Spanish proposal, arguing that forcing kids to do something can undermine them and make them less motivated. "If kids believe they'll be punished if they don't help, they may do so," Bryan told Shine. "But their hearts won't be in it."

The Spanish guidelines are part of a larger piece of legislation called the "Child Protection Bill." Key elements include the establishment of a published list of known pedophiles, the prosecution of unreported cases of child abuse and requiring applicants seeking jobs involving children to provide copies of any criminal records.

It's unclear whether the bill will pass.

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