In the follow-up to her bestselling book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Dr. Wendy Mogel shows parents how to navigate the teenage years, when a child’s sense of entitlement and independence grows, the pressure to compete skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles.
Mogel emphasizes empathy and guidance over micromanaging teens’ lives and overreacting to missteps. She reveals that emotional outbursts, rudeness, rule-breaking, staying up late, and other worrisome teen behaviors are in fact normal and necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with thoughtful care, not anxiety. With her signature wit and warmth, Mogel gives parents the tools to do so, offering reassuring advice on:
• why influence is more effective than control
• teenage narcissism
• living graciously with rudeness
• the surprising value of ordinary work
• why risk is essential preparation for the post–high school years
• when to step in and when to step back
A bestselling phenomenon among parents and educators, this book is an inspiring new roadmap for raising children. Wendy Mogel’s sage reflections on a world where entitlement and competition abound have struck a chord with thousands of readers. When the values of the culture are at odds with the one parents wish to uphold and instill, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee offers a refreshing antidote. Instead of anxious overparenting, the book points the way to raising self-reliant, grateful, optimistic children.
Publisher’s Weekly gave The Blessing of a Skinned Knee a starred review saying, “Impassioned, lyrical and eminently practical, this volume is a real treasure.”