Rest, Play, Grow: Learning Circle for Parents of Preschoolers

Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) is the parenting book you have been looking for. It makes sense of young children through developmental science and is what every child wished their adults understood about them.

Join us for a six-session series to read along and discuss the best-selling parenting book by Clinical Counsellor and Developmentalist Dr Deborah MacNamara. Deborah will be joining us for the final session for a chat and question session.

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.

Looking for a copy of Rest, Play, Grow? Check the catalogue or borrow an E-book using the Libby app and your NVDPL library card.

About Deborah

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a Clinical Counsellor and Developmentalist, on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a counselling centre for families. She is author of the best selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), which has been translated into 9 languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Danish, Estonian, Korean, and Mandarin) and is available in audiobook.

Deborah will be attending the final session of the Learning Circle.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8154. 

This meeting will be held on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.




Repeats every week every Thursday 6 times.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm


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