MORRISTOWN, NJ— One day we are wiping their runny noses and the next we are sending them to high school. Before we know it, our children have gone off to college or whatever dreams they pursue. It happens so fast, and suddenly, we are not responsible for our kids anymore. They make their own choices, sometimes stumbling, and sometimes navigating away from the dreams we held for them, which is hard for us. As our children become adults, our relationships with them must evolve.
How can we be supportive parents to our adult children? What will we do when they make decisions that surprise us, worry us, and maybe even feel painful to us? Whose dreams are whose? Rabbi Amy Joy Small will speak about enjoying the fruits of letting go of children as they grow into adulthood at the Morristown & Morris Township Library on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
There may be no greater joy than relishing the fruits of our parenting. Getting to the joy requires a letting go. It means shifting to being a source of love and support and hopefully, advice and wisdom. When that happens, the rewards of parenting come full circle. In this program we will explore parenting adult children from the wisdom of Jewish tradition’s teachings on the generations and their relationships. It will be an interactive opportunity to learn and share the journey with other seekers. The messages are universal and all are welcome.
Refreshments will be served. This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.
Rabbi Amy Joy Small created Deborah's Palm Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences in Morristown, New Jersey, in 2014 to help Jews and fellow seekers access the riches of Jewish tradition for meaningful spiritual living. Her passion is helping others find their way through the enduring heritage of Jewish learning and living. Deborah’s Palm Center offers diverse Jewish experiences for adults through programs that emphasize the questions we face in our everyday lives, by exploring Jewish ideas, texts and practices that convey Judaism’s rich wisdom. Rabbi Small has served congregations in New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana and is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, where she served on the board for many years. Among her varied interfaith activities, she co-taught Building Abrahamic Partnerships at the Hartford Seminary and recently visited Pakistan with the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium. Her blog, “Raviva” is found at: http://www.deborahs-palm.org/blog/