Regular contact with other families can be a vital lifeline for parents with young children—a chance to make friends, ask questions, learn new skills and gain confidence in their own abilities as a parent.
Rudolf Steiner’s insight into the spiritual, sensory and intellectual needs of early childhood has inspired a unique kind of parent and child group. Drawing on this approach, Dot Male’s book shows parents how they can join together with others to create a supportive family community.
Illustrated with case studies from around the world, her lively, accessible guide to running a thriving parent and child group explains how to:
∞ Create a calm, harmonious space;
∞ Use rhythm and ritual to structure a session;
∞ Devise appropriate toys, crafts, games and outdoor play
∞ Celebrate seasonal festivals and the cycle of the year
∞ Fulfill key health, safety and legal requirements.
Written with the needs of busy parents in mind, The Parent and Child Group Handbook can be used as a quick read for inspiration and ideas or as a comprehensive reference. Each chapter includes an introductory overview, a summary of key points, and, for those who wish to explore the issues further, book lists and useful contacts.
"This unique and much-needed book gives a convincing argument for the value of these groups, for both parent and child. Both inspiring and immensely practical, it offers the group leader the insight and means to create a truly meaingful and appropriate experience within a parent-and-child group setting." —Lynne Oldfield, director of the London Waldorf Early Childhood Training Course and author of Free to Learn
"This book is a treasure trove of helpful information.... It is not only insightful regarding child development and how best to support parents and their little ones, but also offers a cornucopia of practical advice and business acumen." —Cynthia Aldinger, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Dot Male is a mother and trained kindergarten teacher. She leads Steiner parent and child groups and organizes courses for parent and child group leaders and for parents. She lives in York, UK.