[Author] Jack Petrash has captured the essence of child-friendly and developmentally appropriate pedagogy at a time when this message is sorely needed in the United States. If his ideas could be implemented, I believe we would ameliorate many of the "ills" currently attributed to schools—simply by understanding the essential nature of children's learning and the special needs of the growing brain at different ages.
A parent's journey through childhood will inevitably be filled with both precious moments and difficult situations. These unavoidable challenges will test us in ways that will either consume us or refine us. If we can see these events in advance as they emerge on the horizon, we will be better prepared for parenting's challenges. Navigating the Terrain of Childhood is designed to help parents see that we all travel a common terrain, precarious, challenging, and strikingly beautiful.