The Gemara teaches us how to help the children stay awake at the Seder night. The Rishonim explain this in various ways. From the different explanations, we can learn the correct educational approaches on how to keep our kids on the Derech of the Torah.
Question #1: His own Lulav?
“Am I required to purchase for my son his own lulav?”
Question #2: Three-year old Tzitzis?
“At what age should my son start wearing tzitzis?”
Question #3: Minor Kohanim
“I know that one must be very careful that a kohen, even an infant, does not become contaminated with the tumah of a meis. Yet I rarely see a child under bar mitzvah duchen. Is this consistent?”
Question #4: Kiruv Kohanim
“We are in the process of being mekarev a fellow who is a kohen. He enjoys joining us for our family outings, and we love to visit museums. Could this present potential halachic issues?”
As opposed to most societies which see childhood as a necessary stage of preparation to learn how to earn a livelihood, Judaism rates a person by his G-dliness, not his money, and sees youth as more "unadulterated" and natural.
Sometimes my wife scolds our children, in my opinion unfairly. I tell her what I think, but she becomes upset with me. She claims that I offend her in front of the children. I think its fine for children to see parents disagree. What is your opinion?
One of the wonderful things about childrearing is that according to a child's responses we can identify our own problems. Children read the picture very accurately, and by looking at ourselves through their eyes we are able to improve ourselves.
Our mid-teen son is busy with many activities: counseling in the youth movement, assisting handicapped children, etc. We feel as if these activities detract from his studies, and we have spoken to him about this, but he continues. What should we do?
This is both our good fortune and our obligation - to face challenges and trials, to prove ourselves worthy, to take responsibility for ourselves and for the entire world, and this is only possible with Jewish education.
For generations, the Jewish people have given scholarship precedence over all else. This is lacking today. Parents who, today, lead a life of freedom and irresponsibility should not expect their child to turn out honest, educated, and intelligent.
We are witness today, on the one hand, to a process of liberation from confining frameworks. On the other hand, we find a desire for a great leader. Concepts which appear at first sight to be paradoxical, are actually two sides to the same coin...