The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers

The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers


By (author) Wendy Mogel

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Hardback | 193 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 12 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416542035
  • ISBN 13: 9781416542032
  • Sales rank: 700,650

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New York Times bestselling author, internationally known clinical psychologist, and lecturer Wendy Mogel returns with a revelatory new book on parenting teenagers. Mogel's sage advice on parenting young children has struck a chord with thousands of readers and made her one of today's most trusted parenting authorities. Now, in a long-awaited follow-up, Mogel addresses the question she hears most frequently: what to do when those children become teenagers, when their sense of independence and entitlement grows, the pressure to compete and succeed skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles? With her warmth, wit, and signature combination of Jewish teachings and psychological research, Mogel helps parents to ably navigate the often rough journey through the teenage years and guide children to becoming confident, resilient young adults. By viewing the frustrating and worrisome elements of adolescence as "blessings," Mogel reveals that they are in fact necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with faith, detachment, and a sense of humor rather than over-involvement and anxiety. Mogel gives parents the tools to do so and offers reassuring spiritual and ethical advice on - why influence is more effective than control. - teenage narcissism. - living graciously with rudeness. - the value of ordinary work. - why risk is essential preparation for the post-high school years. - when to step in and when to step back. - a sanctified approach to sex and substances. An important and inspiring book that will fortify parents through the teenage years, "The Blessing of a B Minus "is itself a blessing.

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"In this remarkably frank, helpful book Wendy Mogel offers practical advice and comforting perspective on all the issues, large and small, that families of all faiths and backgrounds confront as their children move through adolescence. Here is a voice of humor, reason, and compassionate sanity in a culture driven by hyper-competitiveness, hyper-vigilance, and hyper-activity. "The Blessing of a B Minus" inspires and consoles. Most importantly, this very readable book gives us the tools we need to become more conscious, confident parents. This is not Jewish wisdom, it is human wisdom, and I for one am a most grateful recipient." --Katrina Kenison, author of "The Gift of an Ordinary Day"