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REVIEW: Praise For Christopherus Early Years Book
Have you sometimes wished you could be part of a safe and caring circle of wise, experienced mothers, with whom you could share anything and ask any question you might have as a parent?
This remarkable book, The Journey Begins at Home: A Waldorf Early Years Guide by Donna Simmons is created in such an atmosphere. Donna has guided discussion groups and forums on line in which she shared wits and wisdom from her over 25 years experience in working with children and parents. Up until the publishing of this ebook, these conversations have only been available to few. The intimate, honest conversations that Donna facilitated are now publicly available in The Journey Begins at Home. This book is an invaluable contribution which Donna Simmons has gifted the world with.
The ebook is easy to navigate through. A variety of subjects are presented, questions are asked followed by comments from the discussion group participants. The questions asked come from real people, with real children, in real life situations and therefore the dialog that follows is as real, loving, warm, direct, clear and practical as it can get. Every question you may have about young children appears to be answered in this extraordinary ebook - every gray area, it seems, is brought to the light. And it is done with such compassion and understanding. The responses from Donna come from a sincere, deep inner listening. Her comments are more than simple advice. She penetrates each subject and question with such warmth and clarity only years of experience can give. There is absolutely no finger pointing, guilt trips, dogmas or theories. One participant summed up Donna's comments to her questions, "Your response made me laugh at my self....Thank you for describing how exactly to do what I would like to do."
The first chapter of this remarkable ebook is a tribute to A Mother's Path, honoring especially a "mother's commitment to examining herself and working, seemingly endlessly, on her own personal development." Following Donna's short introduction is a dialog between the participants focusing on the role of the mother today. This lovely format is continued through out the book so that each chapter focuses on a specific topic.
This ebook is an incredible wealth of useful content for all mothers, mothers-to-be, fathers, grandparents and other caretakers of children. Luckily, it will never be sold out, because it is an ebook!
Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
Waldorf Early Childhood and Class Teacher
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood in North America) regional representative