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Beginning Well: Empathy from the Very Beginning

ISBN: 9781936849451
Binding: Paperback
Author: Pia Dögl
Pages: 148
Trim: 8 x 10 inches
Published: 11/20/2018

Beginning Well is a trove of wisdom on mindful care for the child from birth to age three, based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and the observations and practice of Emmi Pikler. Full-color photographs offer clear illustrations of empathetic childcare from daily care routines and suitable play materials to play and movement development, sleep and waking rhythms, holistic learning, and more. Essential guidance for young families and for all adults seeking to consciously perceive and care for the young child’s needs.


Pia Dögl works internationally with individuals and groups on empathetic awareness and is the founder of, a site to support parents and caregivers on caring for young children with empathy, mindfulness and joy. Elke Maria Rischke is a Waldorf educationalist and worked as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for over three decades. Ute Strub is a physiotherapist whose work with Emmi Pikler resulted in her international work as a lecturer on early childhood education and in training Pikler educational theory and practice.