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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. 

Foreword by Gordon Neufeld, PhD 

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 behaviour, from tantrums, resistance, and aggression to separation anxiety, bedtime protests, and not listening. The key to understanding youngsters lies in realizing that their challenging behaviour 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 it is for adults to create the relational conditions to grow young children through a unique period in their lives. 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2016 Deborah MacNamara (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A really helpful, informative and interesting read

I loved this book- it is the most refreshing parenting advice I have read and makes perfect sense. I’m amazed it’s not more widely known. I loved how the author wrote the book in a way that was not “how to” or preaching and is backed by evidence as well as great real life examples. Very thankful I came across this book, it feels like the most loving and true way to parent. Thank you

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  • 16-10-19

Game Changer!

Absolutely loved it! This is the BEST parenting book out there! This is a must read/listen!!!

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  • AHMED NAFFI
  • 22-07-21

Excellent Book

A must read for all parents, especially those struggling with toddlers or teens. It's a real eye-opener in understanding their minds and behaviors as well as how to deal with these behaviors in a positive way that supports healthy emotional development. I found the narration is very soothing as well.

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  • Brad Bryant
  • 21-07-21

great book

very informative and helpful. I would reccomend this to anyone that is needing to form a stronger bond to their toddler.

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  • bartholomew
  • 17-06-21

A must read for all parents

This book has given me invaluable insight into my children, myself as a parent and practical skills for parenting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-21

Excelente!

Disfruté mucho el libro, ha sido muy útil para mí como madre y neuropsicologa. altamente recomendado por su belleza y respeto al desarrollo humano.

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  • Aus S.
  • 04-02-20

A path to becoming the parent I want to be

One of the last chapters that talks about parenting guilt was transformative for me. It opened up yet another layer of self awareness.
Somehow the advice given in this book feels so natural and peaceful.
To my taste the narration could have been a bit slower. But I’m a “slow” listener ☺️

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  • DVSone
  • 01-11-19

So many great AHA! moments.

This book really helped me as a dad on how to connect with my son on such a deeper level. I no longer have to rule coercion but with thought driven love and temperament as the leader. would recommend this to any new dad, mom, teacher, or any profession dealing with younger kids!!

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  • T. Smyth
  • 08-02-19

Required reading!

This book is fantastic and helping to unpack the behavior of young children and everyone at that. It discusses the motivations behind the behaviors of young children and logically discusses why behavior theory discipline practices may work in the beginning but serve to make a parents job much harder in the end. Not to mention the fact that we are all preschoolers deep inside at some point or other helps Once you realize motivations for why adults act certain ways or even why you act a certain way at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

Opened my mind to child's caregiving method

Learned a lot. Greate narrator. Gives good examples on how to manage different situations. Got a lot of insights!

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  • Jeep
  • 21-10-18

hard to listen to the reader

the reader sounds like a robot. words repeat. audio clips were recorded in different environments so when they pieced them together the splices are obvious.