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"Drawing on her extensive experience in education, Dermond provides practical tips on how to gently help a child develop the sort of positive, well-grounded demeanor that will serve him or her well for a lifetime."-Energy Times

"Dermond, director of the Living Wisdom School in Oregon, encourages readers to soothe the long-term effects of overexcitement and agitation plaguing children by creating calming environments, exploring nature and music, reading aloud, and modeling nurturing behavior. ...This is like a starter kit to help balance life's busyness with oases of literal (and figurative) silence."-Library Journal

 

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* A parents' and teachers' guide to developing children's concentration, self-discipline, and compassion, as well as heartfelt qualities like openness and enthusiasm. * Includes more than 90 techniques and exercises drawn from the author's experiences as a teacher and director of the Living Wisdom School, a nonprofit elementary school that emphasizes nonsectarian spiritual principles and practical skills for living. * Recommends books, music, games, and other resources to help grown-ups nurture calm and compassionate kids.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612763
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wendy Garrido on March 31, 2007
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I picked up the book yesterday and couldn't put it down. As publisher of a magazine to inspire conscious parenting and empowered kids, this book reminded me of the importance of helping kids settle down, breath, and connect to the world (and people) around them. It's full practical steps to apply in everyday life but what keeps the pages turning are the personal stories she relates. Some ideas we've heard over and over, such as using breath, movement or touch to soothe, but they serve as great reminders to put them back into our lives. Others are innovative, fun, and simple, such as giving your toddler two nickels to hold on to (one for each hand) to distract them while making a quick stop. Without giving too much away, the book offered a reminder that the way things are isn't necesarily the way they have to be. It IS possible for four 10-year-old boys to be kind, compassionate and gentle with a 4-year-old boy who interrupts their game. Empathy is essential for two humans to connect and understand one another. Empathy is what is lacking within families and in world politics. We started our magazine because we know that it is children who determine the future of the world. With conscious parenting and the ideas presented in this book, our kids have a hope for a more peaceful personal life and world situation.
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I have never written a review for amazon before, but feel compelled to do so now because this book is so wonderful. It is the best of its genre that I have read (and I read a LOT of parenting books). There are many wonderful suggestions on how to make your children's lives more calm and peaceful. It is perfect for all ages and all religions. The author is also fantastic- I emailed her for an outline for a study group based on the book, and she responded immediately! I always get my books from the library, but I refer to this so frequently (and can see myself doing so for years to come) that I am buying it!
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I love the way this book addresses what children already possess - open hearts and natural wonder, and shows us how to nurture those qualities so children don't "grow out" of them. These are not ethereal ideas that disappear in the light of reality, they really work at home and in the classroom. I have my own children and work with children in a variety of settings and have tried many of the suggestions in this book - they are based on truth and experience, and they work. We don't have to accept the common opinion that kids today are hyperactive, thoughtless and selfish. Children of all ages have enormous capacity for caring if we are willing to give them the opportunities they need to experience the possibilities. Recommended for all adults who share their lives with children.
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Susan's beautiful new book arrives to our communities during a time of pressing need for a positive new vision for our children. Her gifts to the reader are many and deep. Susan provides a clear presentation of what our children can accomplish in life and she gives us - parents, teachers, friends, administrators, healers, spiritual leaders - many helpful & easy tips and steps to take. This book is like a calm lake that nourishes us and holds our lives during chaotic and confusing time. Susan teaches us to swim anew and we in turn can teach and support our children with compassion, clarity, intelligence and joy. Thank you Susan!
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With practical activities for children, this is more than just a book to be read. The stories and anecdotes are based are true experiences, and give insight to the author's own experiences with the many children she has helped to develop. Bringing kindness and calmness back into or children's life's is truly needed in today's highly stressed world.
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By Tim Daniels on September 25, 2015
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In my opinion Simplicity Parenting does a better job of relating concrete strategies without being as endlessly self-referential as this author. Desmond is a private school administrator and a step- parent. While she is clearly an expert in the field of Waldorf education, her advice clearly stems from her work as a school leader and co-parent to school-age kids. These roles are two very distinct vantage points that don't necessarily align with the concerns of new parents, particularly if they are not involved in Waldorf education and if they are the primary caregivers/parents to very young children.
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Wow a truly amazing book! I am an avid reader and this is actually my very first review! After reading the book I felt I needed express my gratitude for such a wonderful book that will forever change my life. I checked this book out at the library and am now here to buy it! Tons of amazing information and an easy read for those who are busy! This book deserves 10 stars! :o)
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