Adventures in Parenting

a support guide for parents

Rachel C Ross


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Adventures in Parenting is such a lovely book. It is like having a wise grandmother at hand, one who answers so many of the perplexing questions that young parents find themselves puzzling over as they raise their children.

Rachel Ross beautifully discusses the joys and concerns almost all new parents experience and goes on to discuss everything from parenting styles and the patterning we carry from our own parents to discipline and boundaries, developmental issues, and how to create a home that fully nurtures your children while it also nurtures you.

I want to add that her section on developmental issues is brilliant (Rachel is an remedial movement/eurythmy teacher). Her list of difficulties and solutions is unlike anything I've ever seen in print - I think if this were the only thing in the book, it would still be a treasure of priceless worth and will be comforting and liberating to parents everywhere.

The Out-of-Sync Child

Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.


New Preface by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR


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I am so heartened by the fact that this book was written and has become a go-to resource for parents and caregivers.  Waldorf education, primarily through Extra Lesson remedial work, has long been aware of and addressed what it calls "sensory integration problems."  That sensory integration is now recognized as a very real problem that many children face is such very good news for those children.   The depth of understand and research, as well as the highly practical, helpful suggestions offered throughout The Out-of-Sync Child are not just in harmony with the Waldorf approach, they actually help to articulate and deepen it.

The Out-of-Sync Child is a handbook which offers wonderful descriptions of different aspects and presentations of Sensory Processing Disorder.  Each descriptive chapter is followed by an observational checklist which can help anyone, parent, teacher, or caregiver, determine if a child may have SPD.  Just to read through the book is to understand SPD much more deeply, and to become able to imagine the world seen from the eyes of a child who is coping with it.

The second part of the The Out-of-Sync Child is devoted to practical ways to help such a child and ways to cope as a family.  The suggestions include exercises and games that every Extra Lesson teacher will recognize immediately.  I think that every parent will feel seen and understood by the parenting suggestions, also.

This is a wonderful, helpful book.

Very highly recommended.

To a Different Drumbeat

A Practical Guide to Parenting Children with Special Needs

P. Clarke, H. Kofsky, J. Lauruol


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To a Different Drumbeat is written by parents, for parents, and based on personal experience In an age dominated by illusions of perfection, the underlining theme is a bold one: "Look what we can do. See how life and society are richer through diversity, and how much we can learn from our children." The authors address the specific challenges facing parents whose children have handicaps or special needs. How do we deal with grief or guilt, or unrealized expectations? Where can we find the help we need? This book is relevant to those whose children have conditions ranging from autism to cerebral palsy, undiagnosed learning difficulties, degrees of deafness or visual handicap. There is a lot of wisdom and love between these covers.

Helping Children to Overcome Fear

The Healing Power of Play

Russell Evans


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Helping Children to Overcome Fear is one of those books that is itself a legacy, reaching out beyond the threshold of death to those of us still working with others on this teeming planet of ours. Jean Evans was a hospital play leader whose life work was with sick children. Her husband, Russell, has gathered together her stories and pictures that illustrate and teach so beautifully how the healing power of play can help children suffering illness to give voice to their feelings and find security.

Actually, I feel strongly that almost all children can benefit from Jean's wisdom and creativity. In my experience, almost all the young children I meet - and many, many I have known in the past - come into the world afraid. Or perhaps I should say, they come into the world acutely aware that the adults who love them are anxious about . . . well, the children don't know just what the adults are anxious about [you and I do, though], but they feel it and live it. And this is where Jean Evan's shining legacy can do so very much good. As we learn how to heal children's fears through play, we can find ourselves healing; as we also heal from our fears, the world our children live in shines ever more brightly.

This is a powerful, graceful book. I hope it reaches millions of hearts. It is a reminder of what is true, what is everlasting - and it is a pathway toward learning to live within that glorious truth.