Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Morah Mommy

Gila Arnold

Registration, interviews, acceptance committees – these words strike fear in the hearts of the thousands of parents who are now embarking on the daunting process of trying to get their children into school. Some parents, though, can rest assured that their children will always have a spot, and will be highly valued. For these parents homeschool. Why they chose to do so, and parenting strategies they picked up along the way — which all of us can benefit from.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

mother and teacher

 “If I were home with my kids 24/7, by the end of each day you’d have to be peel me off the ceiling. By the end of one week, I’d be ready for a padded cell.”

This was typical of the reactions I received when mentioning to friends that I was working on an article about homeschooling. It was usually accompanied by a raised eyebrow and a wag of the head, as if to question the sanity of anyone who’d willingly submit herself to such torture. I confess to having harbored similar sentiments myself. After all, which mother doesn’t look forward to that blessed first day of school? At long last — peace and quiet!

Funny thing is, though, many of the Morah Mommies out there actually look forward to their first day of school just as much as the rest of us. And, after speaking to them, I have to admit — there’s something inside me that whispers, “I’m jealous.”

While homeschooling can and has been widely debated, it’s undeniable that we can learn a lot from mothers who have taken on the added role of full-time morah. Their parenting duties aren’t put on hold between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Instead, they work to model the behavior they want their kids to emulate at all hours of the day. And since they’re solely responsible for their children’s education, they have had to seriously consider what kind of Jews they want their children to become — spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. Here are some of their stories, and the lessons in chinuch they’ve learned along the way. 


 To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha. To sign up for a weekly subscription click here.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you