Discovering Joy in Parenting: The First Seven Years

By Cindy Brooks and Joya Birns

This valuable book for parents can increase your joy and ease with your children.  The authors are able to bring an understanding of child development based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner to questions of how to set boundaries and adapt communication skills to meet the unique consciousness of the young child.

In addition to detailing ways to use rhythm, ritual and reverence to foster joy in family life, the second half of the book is filled with practical suggestions of ways to “untangle knots between parent and child” and make repairs when situations have deteriorated.  It is one of the few books to address ways to effectively respond to tantrums if they occur.  The authors’  many suggestions on nurturing yourself are realistic and practical and can help parents and teachers stay on an even keel—as well as regain their bearings when they are off.

The book includes chapters on:

  1. The Foundations of Joy
  2. Optimal Soul Attitudes
  3. Optimal Life Habits
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Setting and Holding Boundaries
  6. Responding to Tantrums
  7. Untangling Knots between Parent and Child
  8. Rhythm, Ritual and Reverence and
  9. Self-Care as Spiritual Activity.

Book, spiral bound, 62 pages.

Price: $14.95