As your family’s simcha nears, friends may ask how planning is going and whether you need any help. Get ready to say a word we don’t often say when offered assistance: Yes. Yes! YES!
Parents often decline help because they don’t want to impose on their guests or they’re not sure how a friend or relative can share the load. If you’re not using a caterer for your oneg Shabbat, you may be having friends bake, but there are plenty of other ways to plug in your pals. Friends can:
And don’t forget, if friends didn’t want to help, they wouldn’t offer! Just say YES!
Choosing a theme for a bar or bat mitzvah celebration seems easy. After all, right now your teen is SO into soccer, or YouTube, or dance. But if you’re planning the simcha one to two years ahead of the date, be prepared that his or her passions, hobbies and interests may change dramatically during this time.