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The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
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The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
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In the trenches of a typical day, every parent encounters a child afflicted with ingratitude and entitlement. In a world where material abundance abounds, parents want so badly to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the plentitude around them. But how to accomplish this feat? The answer has eluded the best-intentioned mothers and fathers who overprotect, overindulge, and overschedule their children's lives.

Dr. Mogel helps parents learn how to turn their children's worst traits into their greatest attributes. Starting with stories of everyday parenting problems and examining them through the lens of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee shows parents how to teach children to honor their parents and to respect others, escape the danger of overvaluing children's need for self-expression so that their kids don't become "little attorneys," accept that their children are both ordinary and unique, and treasure the power and holiness of the present moment.

It is Mogel's singular achievement that she makes these teachings relevant for any era and any household of any faith. A unique parenting book, designed for use both in the home and in parenting classes, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is both inspiring and effective in the day-to-day challenge of raising self-reliant children.

In the trenches of a typical day, every parent encounters a child afflicted with ingratitude and entitlement. In a world where material abundance abounds, parents want so badly to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the plentitude around them. But how to accomplish this feat? The answer has eluded the best-intentioned mothers and fathers who overprotect, overindulge, and overschedule their children's lives.

Dr. Mogel helps parents learn how to turn their children's worst traits into their greatest attributes. Starting with stories of everyday parenting problems and examining them through the lens of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee shows parents how to teach children to honor their parents and to respect others, escape the danger of overvaluing children's need for self-expression so that their kids don't become "little attorneys," accept that their children are both ordinary and unique, and treasure the power and holiness of the present moment.

It is Mogel's singular achievement that she makes these teachings relevant for any era and any household of any faith. A unique parenting book, designed for use both in the home and in parenting classes, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is both inspiring and effective in the day-to-day challenge of raising self-reliant children.

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  • Wendy Mogel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, parent educator, keynote speaker for educational and religious organizations and schools, and the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Classical Jewish teachings can succeed in helping families when modern psychology falls short. As child psychologist Wendy Mogel describes her path to this discovery, Carrington MacDuffie narrates with sincerity and intent. Real-life anecdotes from Dr. Mogel's practice, her lecture circuit, and her own parenting are illuminated through Talmudic teachings, traditional practices, and Judaism's deep system of values. MacDuffie surmounts the challenge of Hebrew pronunciation fairly well, but with occasional lapses. (The Hebrew word for sin, "kheit," she pronounces like the name "Chet," while a Passover "Seder" sounds more like "cedar.") Nonetheless, Mogel's insights are certain to help parents get a better grasp on when to draw the line, and when to cut it. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal "Although she clearly draws on Jewish teachings, as well as on her psychology training, much of her wisdom is applicable to families of all faiths."
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