No longer little children, but not yet teenagers, children in the primary school years (between seven and twelve) face big emotional, social, psychological and physical changes. How can parents best support their children whilst also embracing their growing independence?
Inspired by the Waldorf approach to child development, Lou Harvey-Zahra explains the three major transitions, or 'rubicons', of middle childhood at ages seven, nine and twelve. She offers practical tips and guidance to help parents through the challenges of the middle years, including:
-- Creative solutions for common discipline issues
-- Helpful routines for busy households to strengthen family bonds
-- Suggested responses to tricky childhood questions
-- Sensitive advice to help children manage anger and anxiety
Growing Children, Thriving Children empowers parents to navigate the middle years with confidence.
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Dr. sherry Sami and Dr. Habib Sadeghi
PART ONE: WHAT TO KNOW
1. The 7-Year Change Explained
2. Understanding the 9-Year Crossing
3. Transformation Time at 9
PART TWO: WHAT TO DO
4. Daily Connections
5. Weekly and Yearly Rhythms for Happy Families
6. “I’m Bored!” — Games, Reading, Craft, Building, and Movement Ideas
PART THREE: WHAT TO SAY
7. Managing Children’s Anger
8. Suggestions for Anxiety
9. “That’s Unfair!” — Creative Discipline Ideas
10. Answers to Common Parent Questions
11. Let’s Talk — Puberty
CONCLUSION: LOOKING AHEAD...
12. The 12-Year Transformation and the Teen Years
“Anyone who has heard of Lou Harvey-Zahra's wonderful talks, or read any of her previous books, will be pleased to see her font of wisdom can be applied to the older children, too. It is so helpful to read her insightful advice, practical and heartwarming ideas and creative discipline tips for the over-sevens, and delving into the developmental changes taking place at 7, 9, and 12 years of age. A practical, easy-to-read and down-to-earth guide.”—Kindling
“A much-needed book: in contrast to shelf after shelf in the library and bookshop dedicated to baby and toddler books, there seems to be remarkably little available addressing the middle years. I would totally recommend this book to parents and carers of 7 to 12-year-olds—I am very sure that it will, as it says on the cover, increase your awareness and confidence as a parent. And I strongly suspect you, too, will be back for reminders over the course of these busy, challenging and surprising years.”—Lincolnshire Waldorf Group
Lou Harvey-Zahra grew up and did her teacher training in England. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she has taught in a number of different kindergarten, primary, special needs and Steiner-Waldorf school settings. She runs conscious parenting workshops and is the author of Happy Child, Happy Home; Creative Discipline, Connected Family; and Through the Rainbow: A Waldorf Birthday Story for Children.