Using Torah as a parenting guide for non Jews. I wonder if they ever get to that part about stoning a rebellious child. Or was it rebelling against a stoned child?
An article in the NYTimes discusses a nascent movement that teaches middle and upper-middle class parents about child rearing using traditional Jewish texts. According to Wendy Mogel Ph.D, the author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, using the philosophy behind Jewish laws regarding hospitality to guests, teaching your child to swim and Shabbat as parenting guidelines can help an otherwise sheltered child become self reliant.
The article is rather lengthy, but if you can trudge through the 2 page explanation of how the author arrived at her ideas, it might be worth the read. Or… you can continue to rely on your secular humanist crunchy granola methods. Go ahead! Take your kids to soccer practice. Let them play goyishe games like lacrosse and, hashem help us, football (!!). Go vacation in the Galapagos Islands. Send your kids to after school classes so that they can learn Chinese. Lavish them with every material advantage while leaving the daily tasks of their upbringing and supervision to a series of Dominican nannies. Do help raise the next generation of soulless, self-indulgent, neurotic Jews with Mommy issues. In the meantime, the Evangelicals, upper middle class African Americans professionals and Asian immigrants who read Wendy Mogel’s book will raise more Jewish children than you.
See if I care. At least someone will benefit from thousands of years of acquired Jewish wisdom.