The Blessing of a B Minus

  • by Wendy Mogel
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author, internationally known clinical psychologist, and lecturer Wendy Mogel returns with a revelatory new book on parenting teenagers.
Mogel’s sage advice on parenting young children has struck a chord with thousands of readers and made her one of today’s most trusted parenting authorities. Now, in a longawaited followup, Mogel addresses the question she hears most frequently: what to do when those children become teenagers, their sense of independence and entitlement grows, the pressure to compete and succeed skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles.
With warmth, wit, and her signature combination of Jewish teachings and psychological research, Mogel helps parents ably navigate the often rough journey through the teenage years and guide children to become confident, resilient young adults. By viewing the frustrating and worrisome elements of adolescence as “blessings,” Mogel reveals that they are, in fact, necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with faith, detachment, and a sense of humor rather than overinvolvement and anxiety. Mogel gives parents the tools to do so and offers reassuring spiritual and ethical advice on why influence is more effective than control, teenage narcissism, living graciously with rudeness, the value of ordinary work, why risk is essential preparation for the post–high school years, when to step in and when to step back, and a sanctified approach to sex and substances.
An important and inspiring book that will fortify parents through the teenage years, The Blessing of a B Minus is itself a blessing.

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What the Critics Say

“Wise, witty, and wellwritten, this book is a treasury of common sense for anyone dealing with adolescents.” (Rabbi Harold Kushner, New York Times bestselling author)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This book saved my sanity!!!

I was desperately trying to understand my teenage daughter and this book was a game changer for me and my husband. It helped me to understand her brain and development. It was comforting to know her behavior was normal and what to do with that. I recommend this book to EVERY parent I know!!! I'll be rereading it as now I have another teenager to tend to. Thank you, Wendy!!!!
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- Tamira

Must read for parents with teenagers or almost teenagers!

The scenarios and advice given in this book are awesome!! They are helping me gain control over my overprotective-ness and worries as a parent of a teenage boy and girl. It covers it all and I would recommend this book to anyone! Don't let the phrase, "Jewish Teachings" scare you, it's not a religious book by any means, but does give you some good perspectives!!
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- Janet Cleary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.