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Blessings

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My girls and I spent three glorious weeks in the US this summer with our family.  Aside from the shopping, going to the United States is wonderful because while my parents are here for an extended period each year, going to the States gives my girls the added benefits of spending time with their aunts, uncles, and cousins; using their English 24/7; visiting places that I went to as…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on December 10, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments

The Mean Elephant

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My girls are almost three. I cannot quite pinpoint when, but sometime in the last few weeks, a mean elephant has taken up residence in our home.  He is generally anywhere that is not attached to me.  I have yet to see him but I hear about him quite often.  He lurks in the hallways, the room I ask them to go to without me, the stairwell if I am not holding their hand or carrying them.  In short,…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on July 12, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Us and Me

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As part of the final exercise for my coaching certification, we had to give feedback to each of our fellow students on which behavior/s each of us exhibited that really stood out during our eight months together. I thought it was a great way to see how people viewed me and was excited to hear the comments…after all this has been a very introspective process.

The one remark that I haven’t…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on July 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Instinct

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Maternal instinct: a mother's innate instinct to protect and care for her offspring. Why is there no term "Paternal Instinct"? Does the concept exist? Is it learned and not innate?

I have a friend who is in his early fifties. He desperately wants a child. He is looking into all the different ways to have (get?) one. I think it is cool. I wonder why I don’t think it is especially "cool" when a…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on July 2, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Book

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My girlfriend Eti has been telling me for years that I need to write a book. In my mind it would read like "Sex and the City". I have never asked her to compare it to a TV show, but I'm pretty sure it's along the same lines…with a little "Friends" thrown in.

My life today is more like "The Flying Nun". I fly about all day every day working, caring for my kids, caring for my house… The nun part I'm…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on June 27, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Acquiring Friends

http://www.andbabymakes2.co.il "… acquire for yourself a friend ".It says in Pirkei Avot, (Ethics of our Fathers) … וקנה לך חבר". From everything I've heard, read and listened to, the biggest problem mothers have, especially single mothers, even more than the sleeplessness, the financial hardship, and the loneliness is asking for help.

It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Well in theory it is. But, after close to twenty years, of…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on June 20, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Signs

Last night I was invited to a birthday party of a girl I know. The invite read "another year of being in denial". Considering that she is around 40 the use of the word girl on my part is my own form of denial. While there, I ran into another friend and we chatted and she said that she had been thinking that this year she was turning 40 and maybe it was time to really consider single motherhood. Just then, she got an email from me announcing my new business and website and she saw it as a…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on June 13, 2012 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Pieces

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 With the all the challenges and difficulties of single motherhood, the day to day isn’t that different from what moms in relationships experience. Most kids tend to be whiny at the end of the day, and for the most part, the kids all go through the same phases and stages that we need to figure out, adjust to and understand. As moms, our patience runs out at different points…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on June 10, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

The Thermos

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For those of you unfamiliar with IVF in Israel, here is a brief description of the process. The procedure is done in private hospitals. The frozen sperm is kept in public hospitals. So the obvious question is how does it get from one hospital to the other? Well, this is Israel; and while I hear lots of olim (new immigrants) complain about the bureaucracy, having lived in the United States as…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on June 6, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Back to Basics

http://singlehoodtomotherhood.blogspot.comFor most of my adult life I worked in real estate.  There are many perks to being self-employed; the hours, the flexibility, the independence. The downside of course is the lack of steady income.  If you are not good at time management or self-motivation it can be really tough.  This is why, industry wide, there are always seminars on how to manage your time effectively, how to…

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Added by Ellie Lavi on February 1, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

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