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
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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User Review  - framberg - LibraryThing

There's a bit to much God in here for my culturally Jewish taste, but there's also valuable parenting advice that is applicable beyond the Jewish family. I appreciated Mogel's insistance that children ... Read full review

This book is a blessing!

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Both my husband and I read this book and we love it. Wendy Mogel is humorous informative and prectical. Her book is a wonderful tool to refer back to when faced with challenging situations. You do not have to be Jewish to benefit from Dr. Mogels teachings. 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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Wendy Mogel, PhD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, international public speaker, and the author of Voice Lessons for Parents, the New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, and The Blessing of a B Minus. She lives in Los Angeles. Please visit her website at

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