- Perfect Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Michaelmas Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964783231
- ISBN-13: 978-0964783232
- Package Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven 1st Edition
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Beyond The Rainbow Bridge, Nurturing Our Children From Birth to Age Seven is a beautiful book by Barbara Patterson and Pamela Bradley. First, it is a very concise book compared to a lot of parenting books. The authors cut right to the chase and get to what really matters without a lot of fluff and fancy philosophical BS. Although their approach to parenting is heavily influenced by the work of Rudolph Steiner, the way that they share information on development, discipline, play, and health is palatable for any parent whether interested in Waldorf or not. (Sheesh, I am sound like I am doing a book review over here. Not my intention).
Ok - on with why this book is such inspiring to me and how it has influenced my mothering!
The authors have a 13 page section on play and honestly, it is some of the best information I have ever read on the topic. In a few short paragraphs, I clearly understood why a doll is so vital to the development of both boys and girls and how "doll play" evolves as the child grows older. I also learned what a poor choice toy boxes and contained types of toy storage systems are. It is important that children learn the value of caring for their toys and play things. A toy box encourages fast, careless clean up whereas a shelf or cube with small baskets or nothing at all encourages children to place individual items in their place with more care. Although children under two and a half are too young to express it, the majority of children enjoy knowing that their personal items are in the same location each day. It is soothing to their mind to understand that their doll is in the cradle and their blocks are on the shelf. A toy box is confusing for them as they do not know where in the box a certain play item may be.
The authors' section on creative discipline is so thought provoking. They do not come at you with a hard and firm "this is what you must do or your child will be a delinquent" approach. In fact, Barbara Patterson states that "what may seem normal or acceptable in society today is not necessarily what is healthy for families and children." I absolutely love that idea because it seems like most books on discipline are geared towards such unhealthy approaches.
For the rest of my discussion on how this book inspired my parenting, see: [...]
The book is very informative and does include at the end a section with all sort of hand-craft to do for and with a child, which I found very useful.
I did like it because it is a different approach to parenting and does gives ideas on how to cope with certain situations you may experience - for example discipline - and did answer some questions I had regarding my own parenting skills.