Wendy Mogel Ph.D

Illustration by Sami Gaston


The Blessings of a B Minus (New York Times Magazine)

Motherlode:  Adventures in Parenting

By Lisa Belkin

The One Parenthood Book I Couldn't Live Without (Child Magazine)

Where do celebrated writers turn when they need advice and comfort on their journey as parents?  Read on as 13 authors share their favorite books—and the very personal reasons why these titles made a difference.

By Elizabeth Fishel

How to Help Your Child Not Be a #MeToo! (The New York Times)

By Rachel Rabkin Peachman

November 15, 2017

Why Kids Rebel Against Tyranny of Socks (Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

May 8, 2017

Wonder Why Your Kid Doesn’t Respect Authority? Look in the Mirror (The Good Men Project)

By Michael Graubart

April 17, 2017

Which Gender is More Challenging to Raise - Girl or Boy? (Mathrubhumi)

By Sandhya Varma

March 12, 2017

Why Frenemies Can Be Good for You—and What to Do When They Aren’t (goop)

February 16, 2017

To Talk to Your Child About the Election, Tell Them They Are Safe (The Forward)

November 9, 2016

Helicopter parenting: When doing too much for your child is harmful (The Express Tribune, Pakistan)

September 15, 2016

Taking the Bubble Wrap Off Vietnamese Kids (Vietnam News)

September 14, 2016

Why I’m Embracing My 8-Year-Old’s Fantasy Football Life (The Washington Post)

September 13, 2016

Motherhood Matters: Don't Fix the Pains of Summer (Desert News)

July 29, 2016

Is Your Kid Ready for a Best Friend? (Parents Magazine)

April 21, 2016

Top 10 Parenting Books for New Parents (PJ Media)

April 18, 2016

The Latest Domain of the Helicopter Parent: The Sledding Hill (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

February 17, 2016

Is Anxiety in Young Boys the New Normal? (Independent School Magazine & Parents League Review)

January 1, 2016

‘Benign neglect’: giving kids the scope to learn, make mistakes and grow (South China Morning Post)

December 14, 2015

5 Signs You Were Raised By Helicopter Parents (Huffington Post)

And what to do about it.

By Anna Almendrala

September 30, 2015

Lessons And Blessings: An Interview With Dr. Wendy Mogel (New York Family)

By Hillary Chura

March 3, 2015

Learning to Embrace the Chaos of a Child's Bedroom (The Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

July 9, 2014

Balancing Act: Love and respect trump a parent's imperfections (The Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

February 2, 2014

Rethinking Mistakes & Learning From Your Missteps (PsychCentral.com)

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

January 4, 2014

Child never gets A grades (The Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

December 18, 2013

Raise a Trailblazer (Parents Magazine)

You can encourage innovative thinking by letting your child take the lead.

September 19, 2013

In Defense of the Wild Child (The New Republic)

By Elizabeth Weil

September 2, 2013

Should kids unplug over summer break? (Amplify.com)

July 9, 2013

Their Fragile Future (The Sydney Morning Herald)

By Linda McSweeny

June 27, 2013

Parents must learn dangers of speeding at home (The Sydney Morning Herald)

By Josephine Tovey & Amy McNeilage

June 16, 2013

Blessing of a Pulled Hamstring (Forbes)

May 30, 2013

Invasion of the Machines (Reform Judaism)

A conversation with Dr. Wendy Mogel

May 15, 2013

You Took 10 Years of Piano Lessons. Should You Be Your 7-Year-Old's Teacher? (The Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

May 8, 2013

Wendy Mogel keeps luncheon guests in stitches (Houston Chronicle)

By Lindsey Love

April 9, 2013

Remaking the Grade (The Wall Street Journal)

What do those ratings you see at the wine store really mean? The A+ bottles get all the attention, but it’s the B students that provide some of the best values out there.

By Lettie Teague

March 2, 2013

Why Secrets Matter to Children (Independent School Magazine)

March 1, 2013

New Year’s resolution: Be a more neglectful parent (The Washington Post)

By Tracy Grant

January 2, 2013

School Shooting: How Parents Can Help Their Children Cope (The Washington Post)

By Tracy Grant

December 14, 2012

Keeping the Faith at Home (The Chicago Tribune)

By William Hageman

August 28, 2012

Back-to-school gifts? Really? (The Chicago Tribune)

By Heidi Stevens

August 7, 2012

‘Skinned Knees’ are More Than OK; They're the Whole Point! (Jewish Voice & Herald of Rhode Island)

By Vince Watchorn

July 1, 2012

Making the Case for Summer Camp (Make It Better)

By Kristina Tober

January 1, 2012

The Whole Against the Sky (Independent School Magazine)

The new art of separation. (How schools can help guide parents.)

December 1, 2011

Your Teen is No Teacup. (TODAY)

—If You Want to Hold On, Let Go

November 14, 2011

Bully-Proofing Your Kids (CNN.com)

By Katia Hetter

October 11, 2011

When Your Kid Isn’t Invited (CNN.com)

By Katia Hetter

October 4, 2011

Family Happiness and the Overbooked Child (The New York Times)

By Alina Tugend

August 12, 2011

Homework overload: For certain families, enough is enough (Los Angeles Times)

At what point do weeknight assignments, weekend work and vacation reading affect family togetherness?

By Deborah Netburn

July 2, 2011

Tennis Pressure Strains Bond of Parent and Player (The New York Times)

By Karen Crouse

July 2, 2011

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy (The Atlantic)

Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.

By Lori Gotlieb

July 1, 2011

Overparenting Anonymous

A 26-step program for good parents gone bad

Push for A’s at Private Schools Is Keeping Costly Tutors Busy (The New York Times)

By Jenny Anderson

June 7, 2011

When a Teenager Can’t Be Trusted (The New York Times)

MOTHERLODE blogger, Lisa Belkin, invited Dr. Mogel to comment on a reader’s dilemma.

June 1, 2011

10 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids in Turbulent Times (The Huffington Post)

By Lori Day

March 29, 2011

Parents Take a Deep Breath (Los Angeles Times)

Expert after expert in child-rearing has told parents to back off. But anxiety still seems to be the rule in parenting.

By Mary MacVean

March 12, 2011

Retract Your Mom Claws (The Jewish Journal)

Wendy Mogel sets new rules for reasonableness…

By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

January 26, 2011

Raising Good Kids, With a Good Deal of Restraint (The Chicago Tribune)

BYLINE: Lisa Pevtzow

October 8, 2010

Review of The Blessing of a B Minus (Tablet Magazine)

By Josh Lambert

September 20, 2010

The Blessing of a B Minus Review (Publishers Weekly)

September 7, 2010

Guilty secrets of slacker parents! (Parent Map Magazine)

Are you ruining your kids with your lazy parenting ways?

July 14, 2010

A Reading List For Harried Parents (The New York Jewish News)

June 23, 2010

Tips For Avoiding Overscheduled Family Syndrome (The New York Jewish Week)

June 23, 2010

Trying Eyes... (Better Homes and Gardens)

...Make peace with the eye-roll, a tween girl’s rite of passage that can feel oh so wrong.

-by Rachel Simpson

May 1, 2010

Smart Empathy (Independent School Magazine)

—Cultivating a self-reliant parent body in times of crisis

January 1, 2010

Camp Blessings (Canada Camps for Parents)

January 1, 2010

Under Pressure? (Middlebury Magazine)

A psychologist and author turns to the Talmud to help children and parents, alike.

December 21, 2009

A Summer Reading List for Parents (New York Times Magazine)

By Lisa Belkin

June 1, 2009

Kicking the Tutoring Habit (Independent School Magazine)

June 4, 2008

So the Torah is a Parenting Guide? (New York Times Sunday Magazine)

New York Times Sunday Magazine profile of Dr. Mogel.

By Emily Bazelon

October 1, 2006

Mom Resist The Urge...to Kill Your Teenager (The Jewish Journal)

—there’s a better way.

May 11, 2006

A Closer Look (Camping Magazine)

Different Perspectives on The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel

Compiled by Bob Ditter

January 1, 2006

The Dark Side of Parental Devotion: How Camp Can Let the Sun Shine (Camping Magazine)

January 1, 2006

The Oy Oy Oy Show (Independent School Magazine)

How Anxiety Harms Student Academic Performance

September 22, 2005

Wall Street Journal

EVERY PARENT KNOW THE DRILL.  First comes, “I want that”—quickly followed by, “But everybody else has one.”

August 15, 2005

Thanks, Mommy (Parents Magazine)

By Peg Rosen

August 1, 2005

The path to peaceful parenting (San Diego Jewish Journal)

by Micah Sachs

February 3, 2005

Mommy (and Me) (New York Times)

A generation of new parents are telling tales from the crib in blogs that revel in self-absorption.

January 30, 2005

Removing The Training Wheels (Atlanta Jewish Times)

How to use Jewish teachings to raise self-reliant children

By Linda Bachmann

January 28, 2005

Mogel's Myths (Atlanta Jewish Times)

Twelve misconceptions about raising self-reliant kids

January 28, 2005

The Digital Lives of Your Kids: What Parents Need to Know (The Jewish Journal)

...Come join me in an instant message—I mean, IM—conversation with my 14-year-old daughter, Emma.

January 3, 2005

Simplicity (Jewish Woman Magazine)

Choosing to live with less can make room for what’s really important.

By Rahel Musleah

October 9, 2004

For Mature Audiences Only (Independent School Magazine)

Somewhere in America last June, two 12th-grade boys hosted a post-prom “after party” in a rented nightclub. The boys charged $40 admission and hired a DJ, strippers, and bouncers…

September 22, 2004

The Present Parent (Reform Judaism)

A conversation with Dr. Wendy Mogel about what parents can do to truly be there for their children.

July 3, 2004

Life's Warning Label (New York Times)

Caution! Contents Hazardous!


June 6, 2004

A "Skinned Knee" is Good for Kids - and Their Parents (San Diego Union Tribune)

By Jane Clifford

January 31, 2004

For Kids, Lessons in the School of Life (Washington Post)

There’s More to Maturing Than Getting Good Grades

By Rebecca R. Kahlenberg

November 4, 2003

The Kids Are All Right (Baltimore Messenger)

By Lisa De Nike

October 22, 2003

Skinned Knee is Life Lesson (Owings Mills Times)

Mogel: ‘Skinned knee’ is life lesson

Los Angeles clinical psychologist and educator Wendy Mogel has a message for parents:

Don’t try so hard to protect your children. If they are going to grow up to be independent, self-reliant people, they need to learn to take care of themselves.

October 22, 2003

A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength (The Jewish Journal)

September 18, 2003

ADD, ADHD - Life in the Fast Lane (The Jewish Journal)

June 20, 2003

“Myths About Independent School Teachers” (Independent School Magazine)

A list of seventeen points on the myths about independent school teachers

April 8, 2003

Myths About Independent School Teachers (Independent School Magazine)

March 1, 2003

Is There Love After Marriage? (The Jewish Journal)

February 14, 2003

All Things to All People? Managing Parents’ Expectations of Independent Schools

NAIS lecture - 2003 Annual Conference Speech from Wendy Mogel

February 5, 2003

Is There Love After Marriage? (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles)

Data still to come.

February 1, 2003

Overcoming Fear of the Ordinary (Independent School Magazine)

October 15, 2002

Sex Ed for Parents (The Jewish Journal)

April 18, 2002

Sex for Parents (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles)

Somewhere in America, a few high school students made a porno video, they said by accident, starring themselves. Whatever it was, a couple of kids were fooling around, and someone else had a camera. They showed the tape in the locker room and what followed was, of course, a big scandal. Somewhere else in America, there was an eighth grade party, Mom or Dad took pictures, and when they came back from the lab, in the background of one of the shots, you could see two partygoers having oral sex near the shrubbery. What upset the parents most was that the students weren’t even trying to hide.

April 5, 2002

Slaves to Higher Learning (The Jewish Journal)

March 22, 2002

Talking to Children about Terrorism (The Jewish Journal)

September 20, 2001

On the Doorposts of Your House and On Your Mouse (The Jewish Journal)

September 14, 2001

How to Choose a School (The Jewish Journal)

As fall approaches, many of us are forced to turn our thoughts to selecting a private school for our children…

August 24, 2001

Hands Off My Volcano (Jewish Journal)

July 29, 2001