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

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Carrington MacDuffie

8 Hours 20 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

January 2006

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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.

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  • Liqa

    This is a great book! I highly recommend reading it. Before reading, however, you need to know that this is from the Jewish perspective which sometimes can be distracting because of all the references, but ultimately gives this book a huge amount of credibility. Any wisdom from a religion which has been around for 4 thousand years has my respect! The message is simple and so absolutely necessary in these complicated times. Raise your children with love, discipline, and responsibility - ensure that they have free time, and teach them to be resiliant.

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  • Anonymous

    I was comforted to know I'm not the perfect parent, and its OK! The author's suggestions are sure to produce grounded, respectful children. My only objection to the book was the reader; she often didn't pronounce the Hebrew or Yiddish words in the text correctly. I found this disrespectful.

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