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 Aug. 6, 2014 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5774

Is arresting mom who let son walk to park a stretch?

By Ana Veciana-Suarez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perhaps the most difficult lesson parents learn is that we cannot always protect our children from the inevitability of hardship and harm. Oh, but how we try!

Such efforts ring particularly true in this era of helicopter parenting, when efforts to shield kids from failure and disappointment border on the comical. Even as violent crime rates are at the lowest levels in decades and the possibility of a predator lurking in the bushes is remote, fear has become the make-believe friend of many a 9-year-old.

The latest volley in the long-standing debate over the amount of supervision children need was fired right here in Florida recently. Nicole Gainey, a Port St. Lucie mother, let her 7-year-old son walk alone to a park about half a mile away from his home. He carried a cell phone and, I venture to write, a bit of spunk. En route he stopped at a nearby pool, and one of the lifeguards, who had seen the boy a few other times, approached to ask him questions, including where his mother was. Spooked, the boy ran across a six-lane road toward the park.

A police officer, who found him there, asked if he was allowed to be out alone. According to an Associated Press story that quotes a police report, Dominic replied. "Yes. She gives me the phone and tells me to go."

Gainey, who told the cops that she allowed her son to play in the park unsupervised once or twice a week, was promptly arrested and charged with child neglect. She was released the same day after posting a $3,750 bond. With the help of a Virginia-based civil rights group, she will fight the felony charge, but in the meantime, she has said she will not allow her son to leave the house unattended because she's afraid of being arrested again.

Gainey joins a growing number of caretakers who've become the poster parents of the "Free Range Kids" crusade, a grassroots movement that targets a helicopter culture that has crossed the line. A South Carolina mother also was charged with felony child neglect in June when she let her 9-year-old daughter play in a neighborhood park where many unattended children already played. She temporarily lost custody, spent almost three weeks in jail and still faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Last year, an Ohio father was investigated by state child protective services after his 6-year-old daughter was allowed to walk a few blocks to the post office by herself.

And in 2009, JWR columnist Lenore Skenazy sparked a firestorm when she wrote about allowing her then-9-year-old son to ride the New York subway home by himself, armed with a MetroCard, a map, quarters for the phone and $20 for emergencies. After being thoroughly eviscerated in the media and by other moms, she launched a blog (www.freerangekids.com ) and, eventually, a movement.

As a mother of five and now a seasoned grandmother, as well, I would not have allowed one of my 7-year-olds to play alone in the park. But -- and this is a sizable although and however -- I most likely would have made a different decision if my child had been a couple of years older, if he had a cell phone, if we had lived in a small town, if the maturity level and experience of the given child had passed muster. Not all my children would've gotten a pass, either.

Like so many toss-up decisions we make about raising our children, it depends. On the parent. On the child. On the situation. On what allows us peace of mind.

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Ana Veciana-Suarez is a family columnist for The Miami Herald

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