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Growing Children, Thriving Children

Raising 7 to 12 Year Olds with Confidence and Awareness

Lou Harvey-Zahra

224 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"

Floris Books


Published:  August 2019


  • “I love Lou Harvey-Zahra’s advice, which is fun but practical, and rooted in love.” —Saffia Farr, Editor, JUNO Magazine

No longer little children, but not yet teenagers, children in the primary school years (from seven to twelve) face big emotional, social, psychological, and physical changes. How can parents best support their children while also embracing their growing independence?

Inspired by the Waldorf approach to child development, Lou Harvey-Zahra explains the three major transitions—or “rubicons”—of middle childhood at ages seven, nine, and twelve. She offers practical tips and guidance to help parents through the challenges of the middle years, including:

  • Creative solutions for common discipline issues
  • Helpful routines for busy households to strengthen family bonds
  • Suggested responses to tricky childhood questions
  • Sensitive advice to help children manage anger and anxiety

Growing Children, Thriving Children empowers parents to navigate the middle years with confidence.

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