The Blessings of a Skinned Knee (Mogel)

She’s coming to talk at my school tomorrow, so I thought I’d read one of her books to get a sense of what she is going to talk about. The parenting advice is as useful as it is familiar – sometimes, as hard as it is, we have to let our children struggle and suffer. They have to learn how to do that as much as they have to learn how to read. It’s Mogel’s subtitle that is bugging me a bit – Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. I was always aware of the presence of the Jewish strand of the argument, but I never found it necessary. It seems to be her niche, but if that’s all she’s leaning on, I wonder if she’s more unique than she is credible.

The writing itself is fine if unspectacular. It took me a while to get through this one, and I’m not planning to read her Blessings of a B-. I think as a writer, she’s another one of these successful article writers who gets so popular someone says, “Write a book!” And I read it.


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