Mamaleh Knows Best

What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children

by Marjorie Ingall

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.


Recent Reviews

Smart and funny!

Graham Field

5 Stars

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. Ingall will make you think, she will…

Read Review

MAmaleh Knows Best

Kendra McCarter

4 Stars

Marjorie Ingall's Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children gives us an insightful and humorous parenting manual that takes into account just about every issue a parent…

Read Review

Excellent & Engaging

H. Marshall

5 Stars

Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish…

Read Review

Mamaleh Knows Best

Helen Vernier

3.5 Stars

Marjorie Ingall's latest book "Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children" was an…

Read Review

I adore this book

Dorthy Hodge

4 Stars

How do I adore this book? Let me count the ways. First, it enables you to spend time with Marjorie Ingall, one of the wittiest people I know. I try to…

Read Review


You also might like…