Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"The Blessing of A Skinned Knee"

A little digression from art to parenting. As a parent of three boys (ages 10, 12 & just turned 14), I must say I've read an embarrassing amount of parenting books. (Okay, so I'm a slow learner.) I would say that, oh, about 80% of them were useless. A little too feel-good and not enough reality. The reality is that sometimes, no matter what you do, your kids will be bored, uninspired and even (gasp) unhappy. Which brings me to the book "The Blessing of A Skinned Knee" by clinical psychologist and parent educator Wendy Mogel. Her book uses Jewish teachings for raising self-reliant children. It's funny and a bit irreverent, but most of all, it's full of common sense advice. My favorite quote is about parents acting as "cruise ship directors for our kids, making sure they reach their destination without any waves or bumps." I would recommend this book for any parent, whether Jewish, Christian, Buddhist or none of the above.

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