Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence Paperback – April 30, 2002

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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 strugglesFrom 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.

Review

“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’ll be able to 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 grow to be. And, most important, you’ll have fun.”Chicago Parent

From the Author

We all know we are supposed to turn off the TV and spend more time together. But then what? PLAYFUL PARENTING is a guide to having more fun with young people of all ages as they tackle new accomplishments, recuperate from being hurt, or are simply bursting with youthful exuberance. Through the practice of Playful Parenting—joining children in their world, focusing on connection and confidence, giggling and roughhousing, reversing the roles and following your child’s lead—you are going to learn how to deal effectively with sibling rivalry and other tricky problems, and how to rethink your ideas about discipline and punishment.

Finally, in order to be fountains of hopefulness and enthusiasm for children, we must find ways to replenish ourselves. PLAYFUL PARENTING offers practical help in becoming the best parents, and the most playful parents, we will be able to be. Parents can learn to balance the serious business of heartfelt connections with the silliness of wild play. PLAYFUL PARENTING can help solve a variety of family difficulties, but it is also for families where everything is going fine. It helps every child have more fun, and it’s great for grown-ups. In any case, we need to play, too.

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Have you ever stepped back to watch what actually 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 strugglesFrom eliciting a giggle all the way through baby’s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager whilst 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 whilst it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent.