Creative Discipline, Connected Family

Transforming Tears, Tantrums and Troubles While Staying Close to Your Children

Lou Harvey-Zahra


Quick Look

  • Can you discipline without punishing? How do you set limits while maintaining closeness and trust?
  • Through her unique creative discipline method, Lou Harvey-Zahra offers new perspectives on parenting and advice to help parents solve common problems while maintaining positive, family relationships
  • Tackles everyday issues like fussy eating, bedtime struggles and sibling squabbles while also tackling big issues such as lying, anger and bereavement

How can parents find effective ways of managing their children's behaviour, while maintaining closeness and trust in the family? An experienced parenting coach offers a method that really works: creative discipline.

Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
224 pages
Publication date:
21 Aug 2015


Many parents struggle with finding effective ways to manage their children's behaviour. Can you discipline without punishing? How do you set limits while maintaining closeness and trust?

Lou Harvey-Zahra, an experienced parenting coach and teacher, has developed a method that really works: creative discipline. Offering new perspectives on children's so-called 'bad behaviour', she helps parents solve immediate problems while fostering positive, lifelong family connections.

This book is full of ideas for overcoming everyday issues like fussy eating, bedtime struggles and sibling squabbles. It also offers inspiration for addressing larger concerns, such as lying, anger and bereavement.

With numerous examples, real-life stories and commonly asked questions, this is an encouraging, helpful guide for parenting children from toddler to twelve years old from the author of the bestselling Happy Child, Happy Home.


'I really like the style of writing from Lou Harvey-Zahra, which is light, sometimes funny, down to earth and full of very practical examples!'
-- Kindling, The Journal for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education

'Our kindergarten teacher recommended your book. Two days in and the methods are already working. What a relief!'
-- Belinda Donaldson (parent)

'At last a discipline book that does not mention time out, rewards and punishments! I have finished the book and enjoyed every page.'
-- Caroline Anderson (child psychologist, family therapist and parent)

'I heard about your book from my PhD supervisor who thought it so wonderful that she wanted me to have it right from when my baby was born.'
-- Lily Brown (parent)

'Creative Discipline, Connected Family will lighten the load and enlighten the mind. I recommend Lou's books for every parent's bookshelf.'
-- John Allison (Steiner-Waldorf teacher, educational and parenting consultant, parent)

' This book is full of insights and common sense advice that seems to have been forgotten in our busy lives, and will be a great resource for even the most creative parents. It is full of clever ideas and easy tips to help you start enjoying and caring for your children in a positive way.'
-- Rebecca Landy (parent)

'Lou's Creative Discipline, Connected Family is filled with such pearls of wisdom, I have read it from cover to cover many times. I find that each time I have a challenging situation or I'm asked for advice, one of Lou's pearls easily and quickly jumps to mind! I own two copies so I can always lend one out to parents.'
-- Melissa Baker (Steiner-Waldorf early years teacher)

'Thank you, Lou. My boys are four and two and your ideas have helped me so much, I can't even begin to tell you, or thank you enough!'
-- Emma Gilmartin (parent)

'Happy Child, Happy Home is my fastest-selling Steiner-Waldorf parenting book ever. I'm sure Creative Discipline, Connected Family will be equally well received. Lou has the wonderful capacity in her lively writing style to engage, reassure and inspire!'
-- Mirakye McCarty (Epoche Steiner-Waldorf shop, Australia)

'I recommend Lou's books to my new parents. Creative Discipline, Connected Family is a great guide to holding children for their highest good, and understanding children's needs.'
-- Mara Lupieri (Steiner-Waldorf teacher)


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 also leads playgroups and runs conscious parenting and creative discipline workshops. She is the author of Happy Child, Happy Home: Conscious Parenting and Creative Discipline.

You can also visit the author's own website at

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