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Playful Parenting

By (author) Lawrence J. Cohen

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Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That s why playful parenting is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Through play we join our kids in "their" world and help them to Express and understand complex emotions Break through shyness, anger, and fear Empower themselves and respect diversity Play their way through sibling rivalry Cooperate without power struggles From eliciting a giggle during baby s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, "Playful Parenting "is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book" "will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent."

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 18mm | 258.55g
  • 01 Jan 2004
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0345442865
  • 9780345442864
  • 2,135

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Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in children's play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the coauthor, with Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies, a book about children's friendships and peer relations. He is also a columnist for The Boston Globe. Dr. Cohen leads Playful Parenting workshops for parents, teachers, and child-care professionals. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Anne, and their daughter, Emma. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"A welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood also can be fun." "-Seattle Post-Intelligencer ""A MAGICAL AND INSPIRING READ." -MICHAEL THOMPSON, Ph.D. Coauthor of "Best Friends, Worst Enemies" "READING THIS BOOK, YOU'LL DISCOVER THAT YOU CAN BE CLOSER TO YOUR CHILDREN AND CAN ENJOY THEM MORE. . . . You'll learn what a difference play can make in your relationships and the kind of people your children will become. And, most important, you'll have fun." "-Chicago Parent"

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Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children's way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That's why "playful parenting" is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Through play we join our kids in "their world-and help them to - Express and understand complex emotions - Break through shyness, anger, and fear - Empower themselves and respect diversity - Play their way through sibling rivalry - Cooperate without power struggles From eliciting a giggle during baby's first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, "Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book" will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent.

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Customer reviews

A PARENTING REVELATION

I can't recommend this book enough!! It offer simple, playful advice that will make parenting a joy! It will change your kids lives and bring lots of laughter into your household - well, at least it has done so to mine. I've just finished reading the book and know it is just a short matter of time before I re-read it. Normally, I never re-read!! Don't reconsider, just buy it now.show more
by Maureen McDonald

Incredible book!!!

I've been reading Playful Parenting for a couple months now but haven't actually finished it yet. Why? Well, In every chapter there's always something new to learn, and in order to learn it, you have to try it, which is exactly what I've been doing. I like to read a bit and then have a go at it. If I find it didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped, I go back, re-read it and surprisingly I am met with other ideas and possibilities that perhaps I didn't catch the first time round. So, then I go back and play it again, but with a twist, that even catches my son off-guard! It's so rewarding when your kid sees that you're really trying to get into playing on his level, and maybe they've got pent up bad feelings, due to attention starvation, and they try and block you out or make you feel really stupid, but what a surprise when they discover that that's exactly the point, to make yourself look stupid and getting the both of you giggling about it together! After numerous wrestling matches, over about a months time, of me losing and pathetically so, my son actually felt courageous enough to let me win and told me, "Good job mum, you finally won! You deserve it!" My son is one of the most competitive boys I know, and to have him voluntarily let me win, was more than just progress, it was a breakthrough!! Now, he's competitive as ever, but most importantly, confident in his own self worth, that he can lose and it's not the end of the world. This is the first parenting book I've ever read and I can't help but think it will be the only one that I'll read over and over again. I highly recommend this book to all parents who want to build ever-lasting relationships with their children!show more
by Andria Miller