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Growing Children, Thriving Children

Raising 7 to 12 Year Olds with Confidence and Awareness

August 2019
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    6th August 2019
  • ISBN 9781782505662
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6.14" x 9.21"

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.

“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 7's, 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 

“Growing Children, Thriving Children gives teachers and parents insightful and practical answers when the hurried pace of teaching leaves you looking for answers.... A lifeline for teachers and parents during those middle childhood years of ages 7 to 12. You will find yourself nodding as you begin to see the mirror images that only a parent or teacher of a child in this age of awakening can see. This is a must-have for any teacher or school leader in middle childhood.” —Steiner Books 

“I love Lou Harvey-Zahra’s advice, which is fun but practical, and rooted in love.... With very few books available about this age, when children are starting to grow away from us and be more independent and yet crying out for support, it's really helpful to be able to reflect on what they might be feeling and how we can best nurture and guide them.” —Saffia Farr, editor, JUNOMagazine

“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 

“If you have children between 7 and 12 years or coming close to this age, you simply must read this book! Such a crucial time for connection and setting up for more ease in the teen years. Growing Children, Thriving Children is full of gold for parents!” —Katherine Thompson, parent

“I am super grateful to have read Growing Children, Thriving Children and to refer to it—as there aren't many books on this middle period of childhood. Lou Harvey-Zahra's book beautifully explains the transition that largely goes unrecognized at nine years in our society today.” —Sarah Barber, parent

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Dr. sherry Sami and Dr. Habib Sadeghi

1. The 7-Year Change Explained
2. Understanding the 9-Year Crossing
3. Transformation Time at 9

4. Daily Connections
5. Weekly and Yearly Rhythms for Happy Families
6. “I’m Bored!” — Games, Reading, Craft, Building, and Movement Ideas

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

12. The 12-Year Transformation and the Teen Years

Lou Harvey-Zahra

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.

Sherry Sami

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