Monday, February 04, 2008

All Hail My Essential Mediocrity!

I know I am the last person on the planet to read it, but I finally picked up The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, a parenting book by Wendy Mogel.

I'm only a chapter and a half into it and already I'm so happy.

This is my favorite quote so far,

"Plan nothing - disappoint your kids with your essential mediocrity and the dullness of your home."

Oh. Mah. Got.

Do you hear the angels singing?

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hal - lay - lay - (lay on the floor) - lelujah!

Dear Wendy Mogel,

I love you.

xoxoxo,

OTJ


Off to facilitate...

64 comments:

Edge said...

Not bad advice!

~Jef

Sister Honey Bunch said...

I haven't even heard of the book. I'm going to go get it because, frankly, it sounds like my kind of parenting. GOod luck at work today!

Slow Panic said...

i haven't heard of that book either. that's how mediocre I am!! sounds perfect.

PG said...

another dullard here who hasn't even heard of the book. Go figure.

furiousBall said...

Ha. perfect. I'll read it, I'll read anything.

thordora said...

I've got this down. :)

Shannon said...

Wow, I'm doing something right!

anna said...

So true. The whole point of parenting may well be found in being able to tolerate their disappointment in us..

jakelliesmom said...

I loved this book. I don't remember a word of it, but I remember how I philosophically agreed in letting kids be kids, mistakes and all.

At least I think that's what it said.

Go knock their socks off!

Don Mills Diva said...

Now that's advice I can get behind. I need to get that book.

liv said...

oh, thanks for remembering this! i needed that.

CamiKaos said...

hmmmm... a parenting book I may want to read... intriguing. I hope you do a review when you're all done.

Grim Reality Girl said...

I am going to have to get that book. Reading your brief description I did hear the angels sing!! Thank you for validating my mediocrity today. YOU ROCK!

Jen M. said...

I am thinking I should stencil this on a large wooden plank and hang it in my office.

Yes, I can hear the heavenly chorus, too.

Beck said...

That is GREAT advice.

Life As I Know It said...

Running out to buy book. Right. Now.
I embrace mediocrity.

joie said...

Love that book. Am listening to it when I drive. May use it for a mom's group at my church.

Sayre said...

You must be second to last - I never heard of it before today.

ALM said...

My mom bought me that book & I wouldn't read it for a while (because my mom bought me the book...) but when I finally did: WOW! Also, try Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginot...

Lisa said...

This is brilliant. Mediocrity!!!!!

Avery Gray said...

Finally! Something I CAN do!

Honeybell said...

I must get this book. I need someone published to validate the mundane. Then make my kids read it . . . "See? We're supposed to be boring!"

Jenifer said...

That advice rocks!

LaskiGal said...

I think I commented a long time ago and then saw you on the buzz and had to visit again! I've never heard of the book (living under a rock, maybe?)--sounds like a book I'd like.

My motto was "thriving in anonymity"--now maybe, "thriving in mediocrity."

PunditMom said...

Now I'm the last one!

Jamie said...

Actually, apparently I am the last person. Thanks for the tip!

Hippo Brigade said...

Ha! I'm totally maybe gonna buy that book, maybe. If I remember the name the next time I'm at Barnes and Nobel.

Sarah O. said...

Mediocrity Rules!

Oh dear, no way will I be able to copy my word varification. It's something like xcellent queequeg.

All Things BD said...

LOVE that book. It made a world of difference in the BD household.

kittenpie said...

Man, I am a WAY more kick-ass parent than I thought!

carrie said...

Okay, I'm going to my libraby website RIGHT NOW to see if I can get me a copy of that wisdom right there!

Laura said...

Gotta get me that book....

thanks for your brilliant and honest review...well, I am off to get the book!

In honour of my 100th post, I am asking blog friends to leave a question in their comment and I will answer 100 questions for my 100th post....hope you can join in the fun

Kyla said...

Delightful.

Loralee Choate said...

She is obviously a literary genius.

Aliki2006 said...

I haven't read that book either--might be too late for me.

Wendy said...

Free at Last, Free at Last!!

slouching mom said...

Nothing better than mediocrity, I say.

Jenni said...

Now I really am the last one to read the book. Sounds like a must have.

flutter said...

Wow, my dad was SOOO ahead of his time!

Queeny said...

Mediocrity is my middle name -- or at least it should be. Sounds like a cool book. Too bad I have no time to seek it out and then read it. Are there cliff notes?

Jenn said...

Oh, guess what mama is getting with her gift card?

And to think I was considering (gasp!) a cookbook.

lildb said...

what is this thing called a "book" you refer to so obliquely?

I am confused.

p.s. have I told you lately that I love you? you're so dang hot.

Mrs. Fussy Fussypants said...

YES! I hear the choir. I have that book, sistah!

Love it.

Have I mentioned lately that I lurve you, too? ;)

Paige said...

Wendy Mogel, I am going to light candles around a picture of you and bow down in worship.

Magpie said...

Huh. Maybe that needs to go on my list...

And, I'll have you know that my word verification is kvfPOOP. As in, POOP.

Ruth Dynamite said...

I strive for mediocrity one day at a time.

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

I'd never even heard of it but now I must buy it.

Mad Hatter said...

Those sound like wise words to me. I mean do we really want our kids living with us past 18 or so?

Tracey said...

A to the M to the E to the N to that.

girl of a thousand blogs said...

oooh, yeah...

jennifer h said...

Oh, yeah. She totally got that idea from me.

Dr. Spock Beaverhausen said...

Way past skinned knees. What does she have as far as speeding tickets?

Kelley said...

Seems you are not the last my lovely.... I haven't heard of it either.

Hmmm strive for mediocrity. Seems a bit lofty for me.

What about strive for not starvation.

That works for me. perhaps I should submit that to the memey thing that the good mothers do?

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I had never even heard of it until just now, but can I borrow it when you are done?

CDP said...

I LOVED that book, I still refer to it often. Everything about it was spot-on.

NotSoSage said...

Ooooh, apparently you're the second last person on the planet to read it. But I've gotta pick that up. Sounds like she's got my parenting philosophy down. ;)

Somehow, I can't imagine your home being anything but dull. In fact, since when does planning something make it interesting?

BOSSY said...

Bossy could have told you that and you wouldn't have had to wait in the checkout line at Borders. Of course Bossy would have paraphrased, something along the lines of, "Bossy believes kids should be bored."

Worker Mommy said...

Thanks (she says quickly whilst running out the door to the nearest bookstore)

♥♥♥ A- Licious ♥♥♥ said...

OKAY.....so LOVE THAT!

...i am singing now tooo!


;o)

a-licious xoxox

Liz said...

Finally, an aspect of parenting I can be good at!

Janet said...

I bow before you, Mediocravore.

JCK said...

That's enough to sell the book right there!

Heather said...

I think you just saved my life.

Caffeine Court said...

I gave up parenting books a long time ago-but this sounds like one I'd like! Off to Amazon!