Cradle of a Healthy Life

Early Childhood and the Whole of Life

By Johanna Steegmans, Gerald Karnow

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Perspectives from two anthroposophic doctors on helping young children develop a healthy relationship with their bodies.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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The task of the Waldorf early childhood educator is to lead young children into a healthy relationship with their body. In this educators can work with anthroposophic doctors, who seek to redirect what has become diseased or malformed through actively engaging with Rudolf Steiner's picture of the human being in body, soul, and spirit.


This volume collects the valuable contributions of two medical doctors, Johanna Steemans and Gerald Karnow, to recent WECAN conferences on the east and west coasts.


The fundamental importance of early childhood for the health of the individual throughout life is presented with deep and compassionate understanding from the physician's perspective. Key developmental stages and milestones are described afresh, and a path indicated that can help caregivers to 'read' in the physiology of the child what he or she needs in order to grow into a free adult.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 1 Jan 2012
ISBN 9781936849048

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