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Publisher's Summary

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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So helpful!!!

Having long been a fan of Dr. Neufeld's work, I was so happy to come across this book. Dr. MacNamara shares so much practical wisdom here that I'm sure to listen to it again and again. I wish everyone with preschool children would have the opportunity to hear the thoughtful approach to raising children. I have a clearer understanding of why my child behaves the way she does and have useful strategies to support us both while we go through life's up and downs together.

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The missing link

This is the missing information that most of us parents wish we had but struggle to discover. This book gets to the heart of how our children can feel happy and secure and attached to us.
I wish I had been sent home from the hospital with this after my daughter was born.

The biggest takeaway is that we can Repair our relationships with our children and help them heal and move forward. We can encourage their growth and heal ourselves by learning with them.

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  • BB
  • 2022-04-13

amazing book must read for everyone

One of the best books I've read for raising children. Great practical advice for anyone involved with kids, will change your life and theirs for the better!

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Just what I needed

Information was just what I needed! It helped me learn grow as a parent and understand my little human so much better. So grateful for the information is shared. So glad I got to listen to this book!

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a must read for all parents

by far one of the most helpful and important parenting books written. should be read by all parents

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Must read for parents and caregivers!

Absolutely incredible book filled with so much information. If you are going to read just one book on parenting make it this one!

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Finally my baby/toddler/pre-schooler makes sense!

This book is for every parent of small children (12 and under in my opinion). It covers childhood development stages, challenges, helpful responses and the “why” behind the recommendations. It explains different issues that can arise in different types of children, all rooted in and solved by focusing on parent-child attachment.

I started implementing the ideas and strategies put forward by this book and, yes, relationship really is the answer. It’s that simple: children need predictable care & boundaries within a context of unconditional love from caregivers.

Practical, realistic, encouraging, and truly helpful.

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  • I K
  • 2021-05-09

Loved it.

Very useful and practical. Bought a hard copy as well. Combined concepts from attachment theory, and explained the shortcomings of Behavioural approach to discipline. Will relisten again.

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great insight into those little minds

this book has came to me at the perfect time! i really enjoyed the content and its given me alot of new ideals to practice with my daughter!

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Best book that I have read about parenting!

I have several years experience working in childcare and I am also a parent of two. This is by far the best book that I have read to far on parenting.

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  • 2019-10-16

Game Changer!

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

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  • Samia NAFFI
  • 2021-07-22

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
  • 2021-07-21

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
  • 2021-06-17

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
  • 2021-05-26

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.
  • 2020-02-04

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
  • 2019-11-01

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
  • 2019-02-08

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
  • 2018-11-01

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
  • 2018-10-21

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.