Roots and Wings - Childhood Needs a Revolution

A handbook for parents and educators to promote positive change based on the principles of mindfulness.

Non-Fiction - Parenting
268 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2019
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Author Biography

Alex Koster is a teacher, mum, author and mindfulness practitioner lives in Ireland. She is originally from Germany and when she moved to Ireland in 2000 Alex had to change her career path slightly as she wasn’t qualified in the Irish Language. She started teaching children with autism in a special school and got the opportunity to do extensive training in the area, including an M.Ed. at the University of Birmingham. Alex has always had a great interest in education, and specifically in “wholesome” education that does not purely focus on academia, but supports children in their emotional well-being, their creativity, their imagination and desire to explore things independently, and their need for movement and outdoor experiences. Alex has practiced and studied mindfulness for many years and is incorporating the practice into her daily life and her work as a teacher as an invaluable tool to support emotional well-being. "Our society has changed dramatically in the last few decades and I had been looking on for a few years helpless and with great worry about the developments in children’s well-being. Children are faced with fast growing modern day challenges such as the rise of technology, in particular social media, the internet and smart phones, and a generally very busy, fast paced life with little room for some much needed quiet time. I believe we have to go back to basics in many areas of our lives and re-connect to ourselves and the "real" world we live in."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Roots and Wings - Childhood Needs A Revolution: A Handbook for Parents and Educators to Promote Positive Change Based on the Principles of Mindfulness by Alex Koster M. ED is an insightful guide that will help readers to make positive changes in themselves and their children while handling the challenges they face in life. The book will prove useful when it comes to tackling these challenges and finding ways to raise happy and healthy children. There are times when people realize that they have to get back to basics and move away from the cut-throat competition that is common in society. Children of the current generation are growing up amid all this and the author writes about a mindful lifestyle which will help to bring about balance, peace, stability, and joy during their formative years and later on.

The book stresses the importance of mindful living and how it enhances enjoyment, happiness, and well-being. The author's words will encourage every reader to make changes to society in their own small way, bringing up their children in a supportive and inclusive childhood. Reading this book will guide readers to integrate more mindfulness, to consciously make time to connect with children and families, to cope better in difficult situations, and to slow down at times when the mind is racing. The author's personal experiences, activities, and specific exercises make the book an entertaining and engaging read. The author's writing style is simple and neat and speaks about a relevant topic in a very interesting way, pulling in readers to participate in the activities and the exercises in the book.