I have been providing parent education classes, workshops and parenting booklets and articles since 2005. I bring a unique perspective on parenting from my experiences teaching in a Waldorf school and from my interest in Rudolf Steiner’s insights on child and human development, including the spiritual nature of human life. I also draw continually from the work of current leaders in the field of psychology, neuroscience and parenting. Much of my parent education work has been in collaboration with Joya Loveday Birns, a Waldorf Teacher and Parent Educator. Parents from many school communities and homeschooling parents have attended our classes and workshops to gain renewal and inspiration for the important work of parenting the next generation.
I consult with parents in any part of California, in person or by phone, on topics related to child behavior, child development, discipline, family communication, creating therapeutic stories for children, and working with the spiritual world.
I have one parenting publication currently available, Discovering Joy in Parenting (2014), for parents of children ages birth to seven, co-authored with Joya Loveday Birns. This parenting booklet is available below. I also have many articles that address parenting issues with elementary school-aged children. If you are interested in Waldorf-inspired approaches for parenting in the elementary years, please contact me by email.
DISCOVERING JOY IN PARENTING: The First Seven Years
This parenting booklet gives a comprehensive, detailed and "hands-on" overview of tried and tested Waldorf-inspired discipline and family communication approaches. Many parents and Waldorf early childhood teachers have found this to be an essential handbook for understanding and relating with children from birth to age 8. It includes chapters on:
- The Foundations of Joy
- Optimal Soul Attitudes
- Optimal Life Habits
- Communication Skills
- Setting and Holding Boundaries
- Responding to Tantrums
- Untangling Knots Between Parent and Child
- Rhythm, Ritual and Reverence
- Self-Care As Spiritual Activity
Individual copies $18, plus $3 shipping via media mail.
Volume discounts available. Please contact me.
If you are ordering from outside the U.S., including Canada, shipping costs will be greater. Please contact me to inquire about shipping costs and to make payment.