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Rest, Play, Grow

Written by: Dr. Deborah MacNamara
Narrated by: Dr. Deborah MacNamara
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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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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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I wish I had read this before having children

Read it, whether you have children or not because we all have some maturity issues. It’s seminal in reorienting our philosophy to be more grounded and peaceful. WISH I had read it before I had kids. And I wish there was a free (and mandatory because our culture supported the family) parenting course for anyone who was even thinking of having a child.

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A Worthwhile Listen

If you’re familiar with the work of Dr Gordon Neufeld, you will find lots of nice reminders framed with some new insights. If you aren’t familiar with Dr. Neufeld, welcome to the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld!

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Rest, Play, Grow

This book has overall improved my professional practice and parenthood. Amazing information that can be applied in everyday life

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Love this work

So helpful and accessible, easy to follow, a must read for parents and professionals alike

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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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