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

by Wendy Mogel

Book, 2010



Call number

653 MOG


New York : Scribner, c2010.


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, their sense of independence and entitlement grows, the pressure to compete and succeed skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles. With warmth, wit, and her signature combination of Jewish teachings and psychological research, Mogel helps parents ably navigate the often rough journey through the teenage years and guide children to become 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, and 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member bostonian71
I am really, really glad I don't have a teenager. But if I did, I'd want this book by my side. Mogel does a good job outlining strategies on how to provide both independence and limits to teens who crave the former and need the latter (but would die of shame before admitting it). I particularly
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appreciate that she approaches these issues through a Jewish lens, though I feel like she did more of that in her previous book, "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee". I also feel that parents should be empowered to intervene in cases of emotional emergency (such as bullying) and not just physical ones -- maybe she could include that in an updated edition. Even with these quibbles this is still a lifeline for parents of teenagers, whether Jewish or otherwise.
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