Lou Harvey-Zahra grew up and did her teacher training in England. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she has taught in a number of different kindergarten, primary, special needs and Steiner-Waldorf school settings. She runs conscious parenting workshops and is the author of Happy Child, Happy Home; Creative Discipline, Connected Family; and Through the Rainbow: A Waldorf Birthday Story for Children.
'Anyone who has heard of Lou Harvey-Zahra's wonderful talks, or read any of her previous books, will be pleased to see her font of wisdom can be applied to the older children too. It is so helpful to read her insightful advice, practical and heart-warming ideas and creative discipline tips for the over 7's, and delving into the developmental changes taking place at 7, 9 and 12 years of age. A practical, easy to read and down to earth guide.' -- Kindling 'Growing Children, Thriving Children gives teachers and parents insightful and practical answers when the hurried pace of teaching leaves you looking for answers... A lifeline for teachers and parents during those middle childhood years of ages 7-12. You will find yourself nodding as you begin to see the mirror images that only a parent or teacher of a child in this age of awakening can see. This is a must-have for any teacher or school leader in middle childhood.' -- Steiner Books 'I love Lou Harvey-Zahra's advice, which is fun but practical, and rooted in love... With very few books available about this age, when children are starting to grow away from us and be more independent and yet crying out for support, it's really helpful to be able to reflect on what they might be feeling and how we can best nurture and guide them.'' -- Saffia Farr, Editor, JUNO Magazine 'If you have children between 7-12 years or coming close to this age, you simply must read this book! Such a crucial time for connection and setting up for more ease in the teen years. Growing Children, Thriving Children is full of gold for parents!' -- Katherine Thompson, parent 'I am super grateful to have read Growing Children, Thriving Children and to refer to it -- as there aren't many books on this middle period of childhood. Lou Harvey-Zahra's book beautifully explains the transition that largely goes unrecognised at nine years in our society today.' -- Sarah Barber, parent