Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children

Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children

by Marjorie Ingall
Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children

Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children

by Marjorie Ingall

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Overview

We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother: Hectoring, guilt-inducing, clingy as a limpet. In Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall smashes this tired trope with a hammer. Blending personal anecdotes, humor, historical texts, and scientific research, Ingall shares Jewish secrets for raising self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children. She offers abundant examples showing how Jewish mothers have nurtured their children’s independence, fostered discipline, urged a healthy distrust of authority, consciously cultivated geekiness and kindness, stressed education, and maintained a sense of humor. These time-tested strategies have proven successful in a wide variety of settings and fields over the vast span of history. But you don't have to be Jewish to cultivate the same qualities in your own children.

Ingall will make you think, she will make you laugh, and she will make you a better parent. You might not produce a Nobel Prize winner (or hey, you might), but you'll definitely get a great human being.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804141413
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARJORIE INGALL is a columnist for Tablet magazine, the National-Magazine-Award-winning journal of Jewish culture and ideas, and a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. For seven years she wrote the "East Village Mamele" column for The Jewish Daily Forward. She has been a contributing editor at Glamour and a contributing writer at Self, and has written for Ms., Wired, Real Simple, Redbook, Parents, Parenting and the late lamented Sassy, where she was the senior writer and books editor. She is the author of The Field Guide to North American Males, co-author of Hungry with the model Crystal Renn, and co-author of Smart Sex with Jessica Vitkus. She is a former senior writer and producer at the Oxygen TV network, where she discovered her perkiness levels were not up to a job in daytime talk television.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Know Your History 10

2 Nurture Independence-Your Kid's and Your Own 26

3 Maintain Discipline 48

4 Distrust Authority 71

5 Encourage Geekiness 89

6 Emphasize-but Don't Fetishize-Education 112

7 Tell Stories 135

8 Laugh 157

9 Value Money (but Not Too Much) 177

10 Cultivate Spirituality and Model Tikkun Olam 198

Conclusion: How to Raise a Mensch 225

Your Yiddish Glossary 229

For Further Reading 232

Acknowledgments 236

Index 238

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