Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Dr. Deborah MacNamara’s  Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wished we understood about them.

Join Dayna Davis and other island parents for a book study and discussion on ways to best enjoy these years with your young child while providing them with a safe container in this critical stage of their development.

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 & 22
3 – 5pm in Mansons Hall Pioneer Room
Childminding by donation in Om Room, please RSVP
Arrangements can be made to coordinate with the youth programs ending at 4:30 at the school.
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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 adults have a critical role to play in creating the conditions for young children to flourish.

The author, Deborah McNamara is a clinical counsellor from Vancouver. She is also on the faculty of The Neufeld Institute and has 25 years of experience working with children and families.

The book is based on the relational – developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. He is author of Hold onto Your Kids (with Gabor Mate) and the founder of The Neufeld Institute.

Our book study will be a time to chat, support each other, share insights, questions on a variety of topics covered in the book including:

  • bridging separations
  • supporting healthy play
  • tantrums, aggression and resistence
  • food and sleep challenges
  • boundaries, rhythms and routines

Dayna Davis will lead the book study and bring materials to deepen our understanding of the brain development and needs of the under 7 crowd. Dayna is a course Facilitator for The Neufeld Institute and has 35 years experience as a teacher working with children and families. She currently teaches at Cortes Island School.