The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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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.

©2001 Wendy Mogel, Ph.D. (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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.

What didn’t you like about Carrington Macduffie’s performance?

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Any additional comments?

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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AMAZING!

This book was placed on my daughters summer reading list. It was recommended as a great read for parents by the school principle. By the time I was on chapter three I was emailing friends to get the book and by chapter eight I was buying it for friends. If you are looking for a book that provides a realistic guide to raising kids and why it is important to allow kids to "learn" and grow through experiences this is the book for you. It is time to stop reading the reviews and download the book you will not regret it.

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Great book, needs a more knowledgeable narrator

As a parenting expert, I Read Every Baby Book, I found this to be a great parenting book and I enjoyed it, but the narrator frequently mispronounced the Hebrew, Jewish words. I found this to be very distracting and somewhat disrespectful.

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a window into valuable parenting perspective

I finished this book with new knowledge of Judaism, actionable ideas of how to improve as a parent, and a sense of calm to not take myself so seriously.

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Insightful book

plenty of things to think over. well read, well paced .Highly recommend for anyone looking to help their kids have a rich, fulfilling life.

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Catholic-Loved it!

I was looking for a book to help me find a way to get my kids to do chores and came across this book. It was wonderful! As faithful Catholic I related to the religious aspect of this book. I recommend it to all parents-especially those who tend to be “softies”. I really wish I would have read this book years ago when my children were younger. Outstanding advice.

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Wisdom for all parents

Wonderful wisdom for the family (not just about raising children) no matter your religion. Bring God into your family .

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Fantastic parenting book!

This book was exactly what I needed to read. The advice resonated and rang true with what I internally know (but don't always follow) to be good parenting. I'm a converted Jew, but this book is good for any faith. It's so easy to get swept up in the competitive world that we live in and impose this onto our children, but this book reminded me of what our children truly need from us in order to thrive. For anyone who wants to put their family first, but also create strong children who will grow to be good people and function independently as adults, this book is a great guide.

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Great Book Full of Wisdom

It is a wonderful book on parenting. The reader had a difficult time, mispronouncing Hebrew words integral to the text.