Rest, Play, Grow

Rest, Play, Grow

Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One)

Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them. Baffling and beloved, with the capacity to go from joy to frustration in seconds, young children are some of the most misunderstood people on the planet. Parents and caregivers struggle with these little ones, who are known for their extreme behavior, from tantrums, resistance, and aggression to separation anxiety, bedtime protests, and not listening. The key to understanding youngsters lies in realizing that their challenging behavior is not personal, nor is it a disorder or deficit. Based on science and the relational developmental approach of renowned psychologist and bestselling author Gordon Neufeld, Rest, Play, Grow reveals how critical adults are in shaping the conditions to ensure young children flourish. This is the story of how young children develop, from their intense need for attachment and the vital importance of play to discipline that preserves growth. Engagingly written, with compassion for its subjects and rich with stories from them and their parents, Rest, Play, Grow will forever change the way you think of the preschoolers in your life.


Reviews

“This book is a tribute to not only Dr. MacNamara’s giftedness but also to her absolute driving conviction that the insights regarding relationship and development must get out to those who are responsible for raising our youngsters. . . Dr. MacNamara is wonderfully positioned to tell you this story, taking you from theory to practice. You could not be in better hands.”


DR. DEBORAH MACNAMARA is a clinical counsellor and educator with more than twenty-five years’ experience working with children, youth, and adults. She is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, operates a counselling practice, and speaks regularly about child and adolescent development to parents, childcare providers, educators, and mental health professionals. She continues to write, do radio and television interviews, and speak to the needs of children and youth based on developmental science. Deborah resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two children.


ISBN 978-0995051201
$19.99 CAD $14.99 USD
Published April 26, 2016
6 × 9 304 Pages
Paperback, ebook, audio