Sunday, January 22, 2012

The blessing of a skinned knee

Using Jewish teachings to raise self-reliant children

by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

Jewish traditions and teachings are very applicable to raising children in today's world. For example, Judaism values learning by doing and the author explains how chores help children become stronger, better people. The commandment to honor your father and mother, when enforced, will give children security and stability. Ms. Mogel is a psychologist who now lectures on using Jewish principles to prevent problems in children.

Although I am not Jewish, I thought this was an excellent book. Most of the solutions Ms. Mogel offers are pertinent for everyone in general and for Christians in particular since many of the teachings are from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. But mainly, they are just the good, old-fashioned common sense that most of our grandparents were raised by and that most parents today seem to have forgotten.

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