By Miriam Hill
May 4, 2012
Any parent who picks up one of psychologist Wendy Mogel‘s best-selling books may quickly feel as if she somehow sneaked a camera into your house.
There you are on Page 122, the mom and dad who don’t get enough sleep because your child climbs into your bed every night. There you are again, obsessing over finding the perfect school.
Parents seeking an antidote to the constant pressure to both protect children from all possible problems and make sure they are superior students, athletes, and leaders have found a champion in Mogel.
In her two books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus, she offers a countercultural manifesto against what she calls “overparenting,” a toxic combination of coddling and unreasonable expectations.
“Children feel that every minute of every day, their whole future is on the line,” Mogel said in an interview.
If the crowds who show up to see her talk are any indication, her message resonates.
When she spoke at Rodeph Shalom, a Jewish congregation in Center City, last month, about 1,200 people attended.