When a child is born, parents feel on top of the world, but stress and exhaustion frequently take over before long and fray parents’ nerves. In this concise, practical book, Christiane Kutik highlights twelve simple steps for bringing a measure of peace, composure, and enjoyment back to daily family life.
She bases her approach on providing a solid underlying structure for family life, which includes clear roles and rules, rhythmic routine, and mutual respect. She goes on to show how the family can grow together by incorporating enjoyable rituals, responsiveness to the children, offering the support they need, and making space for children to develop their capacities. Christiane Kutik also discusses ways to introduce moments of calm and spiritual connection into everyday life and stresses the importance of parents making time for themselves to reflect on life and relax.
This book is written specifically for parents with little time and energy. It is brief, easy to absorb, and simple to implement, offering a valuable step-by-step guide to quickly improve family life.
"If I had to choose just one book to give to a new parent then Christiane Kutik's book would be at the top of my list. This short book manages to pack in a huge amount of clear information and practical help in a format that makes it easily accessible to a tired, and perhaps rather desperate, parent... I think this little book would make a difference to the lives of many families who may be sailing in troubled waters." —Mouna Hayes, New View, autumn 2010
Christiane Kutik is a mother of two, an interior designer, teacher and parenting consultant. She is a director at the IPSUM Institute in Munich, which trains parental advisors in early-years childcare. She gives lectures and seminars on practical issues relating to daily childcare and family life. She is the author of Stress-Free Parenting in 12 Steps.
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer's Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.