Parents & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation

How to step in and step back.

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Room to Grow

Some bar/bat mitzvah students are able to keep their work organized, practice unsupervised, schedule appointments, and meet deadlines by themselves; most won’t be ready for this level of responsibility and may want more of a partnership with their parents during the process. Bar and bat mitzvah students are often ambivalent about how much their parents should participate in the preparations for their “special day.” Encourage your child to voice what he or she needs from you in order to succeed.

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Rabbi Rachel Miller Solomin is an educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in 2001.