The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

  • by Wendy Mogel
  • Narrated by Carrington Macduffie
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All parents hope their child will be self-reliant, optimistic, and well mannered, but this has become particularly challenging in our current culture. Clinical psychologist and Jewish educator Wendy Mogel distills the ancient teachings of the Torah, the Talmud, important Jewish thinkers, and contemporary psychological insights into nine blessings that address key parenting issues. She covers realistic expectations for each child, respect for adults, chores, mealtime battles, coping with frustration, developing independence and self-control, and resisting over-scheduling and over-indulgence. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee guides us toward effective, enlightened parenting in an increasingly speedy, material, and competitive age.


What the Critics Say

"Although she clearly draws on Jewish teachings, as well as on her psychology training, much of her wisdom is applicable to families of all faiths." (Library Journal)
"Her thoughtful observations consistently illuminate and reassure. Impassioned, lyrical, and eminently practical, this inspiring volume is a real treasure." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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The Narrator ruins this book

Would you try another book from Wendy Mogel and/or Carrington Macduffie?

The narrator is so bad that it is hard to rate the content of this book. Is it unreasonable to think that she would make an effort to learn the pronunciations of the Hebrew words; there weren't even that many of them? For example, most people know how to pronounce "Passover seder". Macduffie pronounced this Passover Cedar! Her performance made me believe that she was a bored as I was.

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I am going to read this book for myself, but perhaps I will listen to this sometime when I can't sleep at night because Macduffie put me right to sleep!

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- Caryl

refreshing reminder!

Common sense stuff, but this book serves as a refreshing reminder of raising kids to be honorable citizens, not necessarily the super competitive, perfect-in-all person. Mogel mentioned that we cannot 2nd guess what skills kids will need in 20 years ([mine]just as 20 yrs ago, people didn't guess the importance of today's software engineering). So it maybe fruitless trying to raise kids to be super-generic, super-competitive beings while missing the "amazing show of childhood". On the otherhand, qualities such as honesty, good work ethics have serve people well for centuries in literally every field of arena.
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.