People will tell you a lot of things you should do as a parent. Your dentist says you should bring your kids in for a checkup as soon as they sprout teeth, your sister says you should buy this particular brand of diaper rash cream, the nice old lady at the grocery store says you should spoil your kids because they’re only little once.
All of these shoulds are debatable. But here’s one that’s not:
You absolutely should know what to do if your child starts choking.
A friend of ours lost her father recently. Being Jewish, she invited mourners over to pay their respects at a shiva. Not being Jewish, we had never been to one of those before.
But it was a truly lovely evening – family and friends gathered together in her home, reciting traditional Hebrew prayers, singing traditional Hebrew songs and sharing heartfelt stories about their lost loved one (that part was in English, fortunately for us).
The rabbi leading the ceremony told one story that really stuck with us. It was about a time someone asked him to explain the secret of life. Via text message.