Waldorf and Natural Parenting Book List


I have put together a parenting book list with some of the most essential conscious parenting reads (especially catered towards those with young children). Please share some of your favourites in the comments section below- mine are marked with an asterisk.

On Early Childhood Parenting

Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman

Simplicity Parenting* by Kim John Payne

Elevating Childcare by Janet Lansbury

The Whole-Brained Child by Daniel J Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

On Gentle Discipline

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

The Soul of Discipline* by Kim John Payne

Out of Bounds by Dr. Shafali Tsabury

Hold onto your Kids* by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and dr. Gabor Mate

On Rhythm and the Waldorf-Inspired Home

Over the Rainbow Bridge

You are your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Heaven on Earth by Shafira Oppenheimer

Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian

The Rhythm of Family* by Amanda Soule

Understanding Waldorf Education by Jack Petrash

Conscious Schooling

Home Grown by Ben Hewitt

Last Child in the Woods* by Richard Louv

Free to Learn by Peter Gray

The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Creative Schools by Ken Robinson

On Self and Inner Work

Conscious Parenting by Dr. Shefali Tsabury

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegal

Parenting in the Present Moment by Carla Naumberg

Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kennison

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali

Everyday Blessings- the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting* by Jon Kabat-Zinn

On the Sibling Dynamic

Siblings without Rivalry* by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Dr. Laura Markham

Brothers and Sisters by Karl Konig

More Specific Topics

Sensory Processing Disorder

Creating Meaningful Rituals in the Home

Healing Storytelling

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


  1. Naomi on April 16, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I noticed you used a Ken Robinson in your photo but you’ve not listed any of his books as a recommendation? Do you have one of his that you’ve liked?
    Simplicity Parenting was a life changing book for me! We moved an hour from where we were living into a smaller house (meaning we had less room for stuff) & enrolled our daughter in the local Steiner school.

    • Naomi on April 16, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      After reading it that is!

  2. Rachel Mulry on July 2, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I’d recommend Listen by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore – wonderful tools for the emotional work of parenting! The book is based on the Hand in Hand Parenting approach to building connection and responding to children’s behavior in a way that is healing. You can learn more on their website.

  3. Silvia on September 9, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    What a beautiful blog, thank you for sharing. I have been blown away with Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort. It goes right to the heart.

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