Saturday, September 17, 2016
Mamaleh Knows Best
Marjorie Ingall's latest book "Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children" was an interesting read. I was very excited to receive this book and to read it. I LOVE parenting books and have read quite a few, and Ingall's book was a quick and easy read. Most of Ingall's Mamaleh Methodology weren't new information, like how you should read to your child, not focus so much on grades but the education, how play matters, and you should let your child fail sometimes. All of those parenting beliefs have already been mentioned in various education and parenting books. According to Ingall, Jewish children outshines and outperforms so many cultures because their culture values geekiness, finding a passion, valuing an education and reading, questioning authority, giving their children independence. I don't really know whether the Jewish culture actually values some of these values or if it was only Ingall's family, but I do think these values are important regardless of your culture. I think the book is a good book if you haven't read many parenting or education books. Some might find Ingall's writing and tone funny, but at times I found her tone a bit harsh, opinionated and biased at times (mostly when she writes about how great and perfect the Jewish culture is). I have a hard time believing that a culture is so perfect.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.