Growing Children, Thriving Children

ISBN 9781782505662

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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.

  • One of the few parenting books to tackle the primary school years (from 7 to 12 years old)
  • A long-awaited and insightful guide from experienced teacher and parenting coach Lou Harvey-Zahra
  • Lou is the author of popular parenting books Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family
  • Includes advice on discipline, child development, sibling issues, routines, strengthening family bonds and tackling tricky questions

Parenting books often forget the primary school years (from 7--12 years old). Experienced teacher and parenting coach Lou Harvey-Zahra offers advice, practical tips and guidance to help parents face the challenges of these middle years with confidence.

Softcover, 224 pages. 234 x 156 mm.

Floris Books, 2019.


‘I love Lou Harvey-Zahra’s advice, which is fun but practical, and rooted in love.’
-- Saffia Farr, Editor, JUNO Magazine

About the Author

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.