I've had lots of time for reading this past year as Josh spends most his nights studying, and it's nice to be hanging out next to him, doing my own reading. I think it's been a while since I've shared a book on my blog, but I just finished a great one last week: "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel. I've read a handful of parenting books the last few years, but this is probably my favorite one so far. Dr. Mogel is Jewish and I loved the Jewish principles she referenced throughout the book. Here is her "blueprint for parents" and each chapter covers one of these topics:
-Accept that your children are both unique and ordinary.
-Teach them to honor their parents and to respect others – family, friends, and community
-Teach them to be resilient, self-reliant, and courageous.
-Teach them to be grateful for their blessings.
-Teach them the value of hard work.
-Teach them to make their table an altar – to approach food with an attitude of moderation, celebration, and sanctification.
-Teach them to accept rules and to exercise self-control
-Teach them the preciousness of the present moment
-Teach them about God.
Anyway, I always love hearing book suggestions, so here's is my I thought I'd pass it on.
I thought it was such a helpful, motivating book and I have four pages worth of notes to add to my trusty Reading Log :)