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I just bought the book Heaven on Earth by Shakira Oppenheimer and cannot recommend it enough for parents of young children. It is full of ideas for your home, daily/weekly rhythms, meals, playthings, arts and handwork, and celebrations. Just thought I'd share! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I haven't heard of this one....I will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Is the content relevant to your 4 year old (I have one, too!) or mainly for babies and toddlers? Would you say it's a book mainly for those who know little to nothing about Waldorf or would anyone benefit?<br><br>
Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think anyone would benefit, as there is just a lot of practical advice and information about bedtime, mealtimes, cognitive development, play, not watching TV, etc. There's great information on family celebrations (including The Birthday Cake recipe. mmmm....) We are sort of new to Waldorf, we've been involved at the local school for the past 4 years on a semi-superficial level, and I've done a little reading (You Are Your Child's First Teacher, Seven Times the Sun, etc.) My mom saw how much I'm enjoying it and ordered one for my sister, whose children attend Montessori and traditional public school. I think she'll love it, too.<br>
I think this book is more relevant to my son (4 yo) than for my daughter. For example, the author suggests a bedtime snack of toast with butter and honey and milk with honey and cinnamon (teeth brushing follows). We have done this every night this week, and my son LOVES it, while my dd (21 months) doesn't really care about it yet (all she cares about at bedtime is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"> )<br>
The other wonderful element is the chapter on defining your family culture, and she even talks about blended families and how to share custody gracefully (the author has a blended family herself, three sons), and create a cohesive family culture even with two seperate households.<br><br>
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I posted the exact same thing a few months ago! I think it is absolutely wonderful too!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I saw this in the Steiner book catalogue a few months ago. Thanks for the review. Is it mostly geared towards preschoolers?</div>
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It is an early childhood book, but I find the information relevant to all ages because it has so much guidance for the parents.<br><br>
I'm so glad you've enjoyed it so much, too, Noah's Mommy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I just ordered a copy. It looks wonderful!<br>
I think I am going to add it to the selection on my website too.<br><br>
It looks like it could definitely become one of the new Waldorf classics!
 
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