- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142196444
- ISBN-13: 978-1416593065
- ASIN: 1416593063
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 178 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee: Using Timeless Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Carrie Fisher For anyone who has a child, was a child, or cares about children. Wendy Mogel teaches you how to raise a child to be a good person and not just raise a child to feel good. Great for the Jewish parent, great for the Presbyterian parent, the Buddhist, and even the skeptic.
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin author of Putting God on the Guest List Wendy Mogel presents us with one of the finest and most challenging books on parenting to emerge in recent years. In a firm and loving voice, she reminds parents and all those who care about children of the sanctity of parenting. Her blending of Judaism and parenting wisdom jumps off every page. I love her work -- both as a rabbi and as a father.
Reverend Robert Thompson school minister of the Phillips Exeter Academy While reading The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, I felt that I was being tutored by an elder in the ways of the world. As a Christian minister, I have found that our faiths have that relationship to each other. As a parent, I was encouraged in the very ways that our generation of parents is baffled. You have hit on all of the issues that are difficult: materialism, permissiveness, guardianship against the destruction of humane values, and preservation of sacred time and space in a harried, dislocated world.
Peter Cobb executive director of the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education Prophets call on the wisdom of a tradition, its revealed truth, to say out loud what we know but are afraid to utter. Wendy Mogel has issued a prophetic call to good parenting, one laced with psychological insight, practicality, and humor. Her words are themselves a gift of faith and a blessing.
About the Author
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 WendyMogel.com.
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I believe every parent should read and apply these principles on a daily basis - our future would benefit.
Our kids are 6 (boy) and 7 (girl) and I finished the book with 'highlights' to reference back, strong practical guidance, situational and language to use, and overall felt 'relieved' to read that our kids are 'ok' in this crazy world. I'm a full believer in what we do/say now at this age is what matters to get them through the teenage years, so overall it was a validating book and a great reference to help with specific actions and language.
General messages in book:
deed before creed - what you do is more impt than what you think or believe. So get kids to do things/say things and it'll eventually seep into their behavior and psyche.
moderation - always a good reminder
sanctification - building a world and lifestyle where not everything is casual and on the same plane. Kids and adults are not equal. Respect and honor and traditions help define our existence and provide a comforting structure for our children to belong to a greater good and society.
celebration - i especially enjoyed how we can 'celebrate' or embrace our child's faults or worst traits as it's that 'passion' that is potentially the energy for creation and discovery if channeled properly or viewed differently. Our kids in some ways come wired the way they are.
Enjoy every page. Enjoy every moment with your children.
Previously i feared having kids thinking that today's world is so different than when i was growing up. How could kids have so many issues and parenting be so difficult? what did my parents do that it seems others these days do not (my mom confirms that i was a "Good" kid - maybe just so i have grand kids for her) and as i read this i find that most of the suggestions are how i was raised, yet realize that this is NOT the norm these days. Thus clearly having such a nice instruction book at hand to remind parents that they are not in place to buy the world for their kids but rather to guide their children into becoming contributing members of an adult society will help you teach your children the manners, and work ethic, and self-reliance needed for a bright and happy future. You will learn how you can do more for your kids by being stable parents who do not burden themselves with the worries of every whim the child has.
This book seems to be a great guide to help parents feel more secure in their parenting skills as well as guide them on how to parent responsibly (not feeling guilty for not buying every new toy/etc) so your children can bennifit from a stable environment with rules and guidance that will help them be the best humnan they can be!