I Was Leading a Kids’ Service, but My Kid’s Behavior Still Embarrassed Me – Guest feature in Kveller

I Was Leading a Kids’ Service, but My Kid’s Behavior Still Embarrassed Me – Guest feature in Kveller

Kveller.com is one of my personal fav sites for finding advice and ideas about Jewish life with littles. Of course, I’m honored when they publish my work and grateful that my work and ideas are able to reach a larger audience.

The vulnerability and stress of trying to juggle publicly parent are intense.

At the grocery store, doctors office, or even at a playdate- parenting can be harder when other eyes are watching (and, perhaps, judging).

I think trying to parent while simultaneously being a professional is particularly challenging.  Perhaps, even more so in for people who are in leadership positions in communities where they are trying to exist not only as professionals but as humans, too.

Maybe that is why there is a ‘preacher’s kid’ stereotype and why many Jewish communities seem to have unwritten assumptions about their rabbi’s child.

Read on to learn from my experience- and I hope you will honestly assess how this phenomenon of a parent’s perception or fear of judgement via their kid’s behavior could impact your community or family. 

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