The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

The Blessing of a Skinned KneeWendy Mogel is a clinical psychologist and Jewish educator who discovered that her treatment of children in her practice was not yielding the results or insight that she desired. After delving into her Jewish heritage and the teaching of Judaism she has found a much more effective and rewarding ways to help both children and their parents.

I was recommended this book during a Bootcamp for New Dads class a couple weeks before Eli was born, and I am so glad I have read it. I expect the knowledge and ideas contained within to be a huge help with parenting.

I am not Jewish and this book has a lot of Jewish references and content, but please do not let that stop you from reading it. There is so much wisdom offered by hundreds of years of experience that it would be a shame to discount due to religious views.

As a new father I am amazed at how hard it is to slow down when my baby cries instead of speeding up and making mistakes. The ideas in The Blessing of a skinned Knee have helped me immensely when it comes to being patient and understanding that my baby’s crying is not an emergency that I need to rush to fix but the only way the baby currently has to communicate.

I look forward to putting more of what I have learned from the book into practice as Eli gets older.

We borrowed this book from our local library.

I rate this book a 10 out of 10 and recommend it to all parents of children of any age.

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