The Blessing of a B Minus: Raising Self-Reliant Children by Wendy MogelThe Blessing of a B Minus: Raising Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel

The Blessing of a B Minus: Raising Self-Reliant Children

byWendy Mogel

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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In the follow-up to her bestselling book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Dr. Wendy Mogel shows parents how to navigate the teenage years.

When a child becomes a teenager, her sense of entitlement and independence grows, the pressure to compete skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles. Dr. Wendy Mogel emphasizes empathy and guidance over micromanaging teens’ lives and overreacting to missteps. She reveals that emotional outbursts, rudeness, rule-breaking, staying up late, and other worrisome teen behaviors are in fact normal and necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with thoughtful care, not anxiety. With her signature wit and warmth, Mogel gives parents the tools to do so, offering reassuring advice on:

· why influence is more effective than control
· teenage narcissism
· living graciously with rudeness
· the surprising value of ordinary work
· why risk is essential preparation for the post–high school years
· when to step in and when to step back

The Blessing of a B Minus is an important and inspiring book that will fortify parents through the teenage years.
Title:The Blessing of a B Minus: Raising Self-Reliant ChildrenFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416542043

ISBN - 13:9781416542049

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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