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The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel

When Dr. Mogel, a clinical psychologist, decided - after marriage and two children - to embrace her religious heritage, one of the outcomes was this book. She impressively combines Jewish teachings with old school common sense and progressive values.

This is one of the best parenting books Ive come across. Mogel places a lot of emphasis on the parent taking a look at their own behavior and correcting dysfunctional patterns, establishing order, being consistent, acting with authority and self-restraint over themselves, and so on. Straight forward, easy to read, well-organized, well-written, with practical examples for how to implement the various lessons. It covers executive functioning, simplicity, discipline, balancing safety with freedom, over scheduling, food pickiness, and other hot button parenting issues in its own way.

The first blessing chapter, The Blessing of a Unique and Ordinary Child is all about humbling the parent reader, as she warns us against common parenting mindsets that can be disastrous for our children (e.g. living through our children, trying to force them to fulfill visions of who we think they are, pressuring them to succeed at everything). My favorite line from this section is, Your child is not your masterpiece.

In addition to that one, the chapters I found most relevant and useful in my personal family situation were Blessing of Work (chores), Blessing of Food, and Blessing of Self-Control.

In Blessing of Work, she writes: ... when parents insist that children do their chores, they are letting them know that theyre not just loved, they are needed. Ordinary chores are the foundation of our childrens character and spiritual well-being.

In Blessing of Food, she advocates moderation and celebration, and provides lots of advice for how to make mealtimes opportunities for sanctifying and expressing gratitude, rather than thoughtless, embattled, or shameful experiences.

Blessing of Self-Control is EXCELLENT. She provides specific guidance on how to rebuke or punish a child without humiliation, AND also how to assess whether a rebuke or punishment is even necessary. The first part of the chapter is all about acknowledging your childs worst traits and learning to see them as their greatest qualities and redirecting those energies into good actions. Towards the end of chapter there is a lovely piece on giving children who have been punished an opportunity to make amends, an important concept which is often overlooked. While children need to learn self-control, its the parents who need to exercise it and model it, or else there is no point. I think if you read nothing else of this book, read this chapter. I intend to read it once a week until it is ingrained in my brain!

The final chapter, Blessing of Faith and Tradition, gave me a lot of food for thought. Though Im basically an atheist and not Jewish at all, I do have concerns about my young childs spiritual grounding. She writes, You and your family may choose a different path than that of your forebears, but if you dont want to get caught up in the anxiety, materialism, and competition all around us, you must choose some path to walk on with your children. You must name it, follow it, and plan the curriculum for their spiritual education as thoughtfully and intelligently as you plan their academic education. I have taken this to heart.

Ive already got a short list of things to start implementing in our household, one by one. A common theme throughout the book is the importance of actions and praxis and how these are preferable to just having nice ideas in your head while your life swirls in a chaos and your children have little respect for themselves or others. For example, in Blessing of Having Someone to Look Up To, Mogel first explains from the Jewish perspective, why commandments on being polite are not a waste of time, or lessons in how to be inauthentic. Then she says, In psychology, the theory of cognitive behaviorism holds that feelings follow behavior. In other words, rather than wait for your children to feel like being agreeable, you can teach them habits of politeness. If you and they use polite phrases every day, feelings of gratitude and respect can grow out of your behavior. She continues then to provide examples of how to help your children to be polite and give them opportunities to show courtesy and thoughtfulness in the home and outside of it.

The only negative thing I can say about this book after reading it once is the author definitely assumes you are middle to upper class, educated, and have a child who is typical in terms of mental or cognitive ability. I think she also writes towards a Jewish audience, which is to be expected given the scope of the book, but I felt like it was very much geared towards a particular economic class - it seemed like every client or situation she referenced was very well off. I think this reflects her personal experience so its probably best she didnt attempt to overreach, but it does seem like she is maybe living in a bubble.


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How to Treat Cuts & Scrapes

How to Treat a Skinned Knee at Home, and When to Seek Help

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs. What's the treatment for a skinned knee or elbow? School of Medicine, Family Medicine. Skin abrasions on the knees and elbows should be washed with soap and water as soon as possible in order to prevent infection.

How to Treat a Skinned Knee

Whenever your skin is injured whether by accident or from surgery your body works to repair the wound. As your skin heals, a scar may form, as this is a natural part of the healing process. The appearance of a scar often depends on how well the wound heals. While scars from surgery or over joints like the knees and elbows are hard to avoid, scars caused by minor cuts and scrapes can become less noticeable by properly treating the wound at home. If you have minor cuts or scrapes, you can help reduce the appearance of a scar by properly treating the injury at home. However, if your injury is deep, very painful or if your skin becomes infected, seek immediate medical care.

A skinned knee is often the product of concrete and gravity. Skinned knees are so common, in fact, that many parents simply act before considering how to clean a wound or how to clean a cut. They just provide a hug and some reassurance. No alcohol, no iodine. With children, though, chaos reigns, and even the act of simply washing a surface wound can be tough when a kid is dealing with a combination of pain, adrenaline, tears, and blood. A frightened child can make cleaning a skinned knee a Herculean task.

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