You’ve heard the phrase. It comes from family, friends and strangers. “You’ve got your hands full,” they say; with knowing smiles and shakes of the head.
It sounds like the thing you might say to a mother holding a baby under each arm while she digs in her purse for money to pay for a cart full of overflowing groceries while her toddler is busy destroying the candy display. (If that has ever been you, by the way, don’t worry. BTDT. You’ll survive. Hugs!)
However, it is often said in any context, to any mother. And let’s be honest. If you’ve got kids running around the house, even if you’re trying to catch a few mommy-minutes on the couch- you’ve got your hands full.
Even when the kids are all happily entertaining themselves (for however long that lasts!)- you still know it. You’ve got your hands full.
When you’re trying to feed a number of hungry children all at once, and you wonder when you might get a bite of food to put in your own mouth- you’re feeling it. You’ve got your hands full.
It’s not so much the actual physical experience of having both hands occupied (although that will often be the case!) as it is the knowledge that raising this little child, or these little children is your responsibility, and you want to be doing it right- all the time.
The bulk of what we call ‘parenting’ is just getting through the daily grind of a life with children. It has a lot to do with clothing, food and diapers. And all the little exchanges that come with it. Dealing with a stubborn child. A forever-thinks-it’s-a-game child. A child who talks back.
Here’s where Dr. Sara Yaroslawitz has come up with methods, ideas and tips that any mother can use.
This coming Tuesday, Hey Kislev, November 17th, Junior N’shei will be hosting Dr. Yaroslawitz as she presents her behavior management program for normally developing children, ages 0-10.
Dr. Yaroslawitz is an occupational therapist whose child behavior management courses have helped numerous parents and mechanchim. She also recently published her book, “Are Your Hands Full?” which will be available for purchase at the event along with her CD. More information about her and her work can be found on her website www.handsfullchinuch.com.
“Are Your Hands Full?” will be held at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, and will also feature the Annual Children’s Expo with vendors offering children’s clothing and accessories as well as children’s Judaica and books and more. The Expo begins at 7:30 pm, and the program begins at 8:30. Full details about the Expo can be found on the event flyer.
Junioe N’shei would like to thank the evening’s sponsors, Apple Drugs, BRHS and Dr. Plaut, community pediatrician.
Paid admission includes a raffle ticket, as well as light refreshments and hot beverages.