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Even God Had Bad Parenting Days

Alicia Jo Rabins


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"A deeply relatable, comforting guide for anyone who ever feels overwhelmed by parenthood . . . does not shy away from matters like the author's postpartum depression, loneliness, and financial strain. This authenticity sets Even God Had Bad Parenting Days apart from other parenting books." --Leah Grisham, The Jewish Book Council

"Heartfelt, funny, and poignant" --The Jewish Review
"A multidimensional work of meditation and love" --Mikhal Wiener, Lilith
New parents get overwhelmed, regularly pushed
to their limits and confused by contradictory feelings of elation and

To soothe the frazzled and lift their spirits, writer
and Bible scholar Alicia Jo Rabins has created "Even God Had Bad Parenting
Days: ancient Jewish wisdom for new parents." Humorous, self-reflective,
and comforting, Rabins' musings on both heartening and cringe-worthy
biblical examples of parenting can help any caregiver see beyond the detritus
of day-to-day living with young children and recapture a sense of wonder at the
process of raising small humans.

Parents do worry about their failed attempts to be perfect,
and these short, personal essays can lead them to new perspectives
and even to
embrace a vital concept that English psychologist
and pediatrician D.W. Winnicott called "the good enough
parent." The supportive and inspirational writings of this
gentle parenting book can help any soul embarked upon this wild,
sacred work recognize the wisdom of poet Norman Fischer's advice that "the
only transcendence is fully embracing the ups and downs."

This collection draws on Alicia Jo Rabins' years of
experience as a writer, Bible scholar, and feminist Jewish educator
, and is
based on her popular series of articles on parenting for Kveller.

Behrman House Publishing, 9781681150710, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2022