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Lifeways: Working With Family Questions : A Parent's Anthology (Holistic Parenting and Child Health) Paperback – July 1, 1995

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  • Series: Holistic Parenting and Child Health
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Pr (Hawthorn House) (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0950706248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0950706245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Queen on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
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"Lifeways is about children, about family life and about being a parent. But most of all it is about freedom, and how the tension between personal fulfillment and family life may be resolved.

Rapid change and the pressures for economic survival have set many families afloat. Although the integration of motherhood and identity, family and work is our own search--we do not have to seek this alone. For others are also looking for new "life-ways"!

Lifeways originated amongst groups of women--and some men--who were seeking a renewing spirit for family life. They sought to create a new vision of the tasks of mothers and fathers, a new "eye" for the meaning of "home" as a place which supports all those involved, children and adults, in their "life ways."

Lifeways is a resource book for parents, those involved in kindergartens and playgroups and for women's support groups."

"These essays affirm that creating a family, even if you are a father on your own, or a working mother, can be a joyful, positive and spiritual work. The first essay is one of the wisest and balanced discussions of women's roles I have read." --Fiona Handley


The book is divided into four sections: Parents' Ways, Family Ways, Childrens' Ways, and an appendix which has references, information about Rudolf Steiner, contributors' information (of which there are 25 from the U.S. Holland, England and other countries), and a bibliography. The book is illustrated with a number of lovely black and white illustrations by Gertraud Hofmann.

Hawthorn Press produces beautiful books, most of which are connected with Steiner's ideas on education as expressed in Waldorf Schools, based on his teachings.
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By gabita on February 1, 2013
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I wasn't sure what to expect in this book. I learned about it when leafing through "The Birthday Book". My curiosity got the best of me and I purchased. At first I thought I was disappointed because it was a compilation of essays grouped together by subject ( I had read it was put together this way but expected something different), but I gave it a chance and read through some of them.... I can't put the book down. This book is an encouragement to continue the journey as "good parents", be it through the means it may. I found words of encouragement and beauty throughout the pages of this book. It is an older book with essays from years and years ago, but the message to parents and the hurdles faced by parents are the same. It has many references to Steiner and his beliefs (yes, it's a Waldorf book) but you can read through and take the information given without necessarily adding these.
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