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.
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 also leads playgroups and runs conscious parenting workshops. She is the author of Creative Discipline, Connected Family, and Through the Rainbow: A Waldorf Birthday Story for Children.
‘I love Lou Harvey-Zahra’s advice, which is fun but practical, and rooted in love.’
— Saffia Farr, Editor, JUNO Magazine