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The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children Paperback – Bargain Price, December 2, 2008
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkinauthor of Putting God on the Guest ListWendy 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 Thompsonschool minister of the Phillips Exeter AcademyWhile 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 Cobbexecutive director of the Council for Spiritual and Ethical EducationProphets 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.
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I have already started implementing some of Mogel's suggestions for fostering responsibility in children and encouraging them to be grateful for what they have (as opposed to constantly needing more to be satisfied). Moreover, I mean to stay mindful of her emphasis on a parent's need to accept a child's basic nature. If you can name the personality trait in your child that drives you insane, Mogel says, you have already named his greatest strength. Helping to raise him to his greatest potential involves teaching him how to utilize his nature, not how to subvert it. Unlike some modern psychological parenting texts, _The Blessing of a Skinned Knee_ doesn't pretend that children are blank slates to be filled with whatever we please. Instead, Mogel offers practical suggestions for working with the material we're given.
One of the elements of the book that I would most share with my friends involves discipline. Mogel breaks down transgressions by intent and offers concrete ways to deal with them compassionately and calmly. She several times references Biblical exhortations to discipline--not in a pro-spanking stance, but in reminding parents that this is a responsibility that comes with the territory.Read more ›
Her book helped me to recognize that my responsibility is to be concerned most with building strength of character, not strength of grades and achievement. That I need to help my nine-year old and seven-year old with WHO they are, not WHAT they are. Our achievement-driven age sends the opposite message, and, consequently, it is so easy to lose sleep over the wrong things.
In an inspirational story of personal and professional transformation, Dr. Mogel tells us of how her own search for effective parenting strategies led her to discover that a religious tradition -- in her case Judaism -- gives her a structure for making healthy parenting choices. As parent raising two daughters and as professional psychologist offering advice to parents and teachers, she gives us a framework upon which to base our decisions and behavior to help our children grow into healthy, independent adults.
With this new understanding, I re-read some of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee before going to bed each night, and my sleep is getting better.
As a parenting book, I can highly recommend this for any reader able to take what is wanted and leave the rest. If you tend to be an all or nothing thinker, this may not be the ideal read for you. As a book on Jewish teachings, I can not judge as I am not Jewish and am not educated in Jewish theology. I found the considerations of Jewish teachings in the book to be useful and thought provoking, and I think any Christian would find it so.
I found absolutely nothing objectionable in this book. I would hardly call it a "tough love" approach to parenting, as some reviewers suggested. Setting firm boundaries for children is NOT demeaning or abusive. Some of the reviewers of this book criticize the fact that it is not about Jewish parenting and that is exactly right. This is a book for all parents, regardless of their faith community or lack thereof. It uses Jewish teachings to illustrate some key concepts of good parenting in general.
Some reviewers also seized on the author's statement about girls, math and science to suggest that the book is sexist. Again, I see nothing sexist about noting that we live in a culture in which girls are pushed to achieve in traditionally male-dominated fields as well as in all the traditionally female-dominated fields.
I heartily recommend this book to all parents who want to raise happy, well-adjusted children.
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This book is easy to read and has great common-sense ideas. A friend recommended it to me and I am glad I bought it.Published 1 month ago by Mama K
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