Skinned Knees

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Today, Asher skinned his knee for the first time.  He’s 18 months old, and I know this will be the first of many.

It reminds to pick up and re-read a book I found very helpful when Cooper was a little younger.  It’s called the “Blessing of a Skinned Knee”.  Its author is a clinical psychologist whose book seeks to helps parents raise self-reliant, compassionate, ethical children.

Here’s an excerpt from an editorial review:

“Digging into the rich traditions of the Torah, the Talmud and other Jewish teachings, Mogel builds a parenting blueprint that draws on core spiritual values relevant to families of all faiths. With warmth and humor, she offers strategies for encouraging respect and gratitude in children, and cautions against overprotection (“we treat our children’s lives like we’re cruise ship directors who must get them to their destination-adulthood-smoothly, without their feeling even the slightest bump or wave”)

I loved this book.  It confirmed many of my core beliefs as a parent.

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