Wendy Mogel Ph.D

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The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A bestselling phenomenon among parents and educators, this book is the essential guide that offers an inspiring new roadmap for raising children.

Internationally known clinical psychologist and lecturer Wendy Mogel’s sage reflections on raising children in a world where entitlement and competition abound have struck a chord with thousands of readers. In a culture whose values are often at odds with the ones parents wish to uphold and instill, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee points the way to raising self–reliant, compassionate and ethical children.

With warmth and humor, Mogel distills the wisdom of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, as well as contemporary psychological insights, into nine “blessings” that address key parenting issues such as:

  • Teaching respect for adults
  • Chores
  • Keeping expectations in line with your child’s temperament
  • Meal-time battles
  • Coping with frustration
  • Avoiding over-scheduling and overindulgence
  • Helping your child develop independence and self-control

A practical and refreshing antidote to anxious over-parenting, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is itself a blessing.


[Mogel’s] thoughtful observations consistently illuminate and reassure. Impassioned, lyrical, and eminently practical, this inspiring volume is a real treasure.
    ~Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Writing with great warmth and humor, [Mogel] gives examples from her own family life and those whom she has counseled. Highly recommended for all parenting collections.
    ~Library Journal

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