The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 2, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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The beloved bestseller that offers a practical, inspiring new roadmap for raising self-reliant, ethical, and compassionate 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, with an on-line teaching guide to help facilitate its use, 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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This book has great, practical advice on raising kids. - Goodreads
Mostly sensible advice, if a little preachy. - Goodreads
This book had some good insight on raising little ones. - Goodreads
I feel like this would be a good reference book. - Goodreads
It is quite easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
Practical advice for parents with kids older than 4. - Goodreads

Review: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children

User Review  - Alisha Haight - Goodreads

I'm not Jewish, so I skipped and skimmed through a lot of the Jewish stuff. But I thought that most of the advice was great common-sense that is easy to follow. Read full review

Review: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children

User Review  - Jennifer Lee - Goodreads

Another great resource for parents that want to raise resilient and self-reliant kids through profound and practical teachings from the Jewish tradition. I enjoyed learning more about their family rituals and how they establish the family culture, even though I'm an evangelical Christian. Read full review


Author Notes
Discovering Your Unique
The Blessing of Having Someone to Look Up
Why God Doesnt
Teaching Your Child
Finding the Holy Sparks
Bringing Moderation
Channeling Your Childs
Teaching Your Child the Value
Losing Your Fear
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About the author (2008)

Wendy Mogel, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, parent educator, keynote speaker for educational and religious organizations and schools, and†the author of the New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.† She lives in Los Angeles. Please visit her website at

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