Playful Parenting

Playful Parenting

A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Children's Confidence

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
Parents have heard that play is a child's work--but play is not for kids only. As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., demonstrates in this delightful new book, play can be the basis for an innovative and rewarding approach to parenting. From eliciting a giggle during baby's first game of peek-a-boo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise strong, confident children.

Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As Dr. Cohen points out, play is children's complex and fluid way of exploring the world, communicating hard-to-express 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. We help them express and understand deep emotions, foster connection, aid the process of emotional healing--and have a great time ourselves while we're at it.

Anyone can be a playful parent--all it takes is a sense of adventure and a willingness to let down your guard and try something new. After identifying why it can be hard for adults to play, Dr. Cohen discusses how to get down on the floor and join children on their own terms. He covers games, activities, and playful interactions that parents can enjoy with children of all ages, whether it's gazing deep into a baby's eyes, playing chase with a toddler, fantasy play with a grade schooler, or reducing a totally cool teenager to helpless laughter.

Playful Parenting also includes illuminating chapters on how to use play to build a child's confidence and self-esteem, how to play through sibling rivalry, and how play can become a part of loving discipline. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, Playful Parenting will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being a happy, effective, enthusiastic parent.

Baker & Taylor
A clinical psychologist presents an innovative, hands-on approach to using play in all facets of parenting, explaining how children use play to communicate feelings, get close to those they care about, help alleviate stressful situations, release tension, and foster emotional healing. 15,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Encourages parents to be adventurous and playful in order to raise strong and confident children, exploring play as a way for parents and children to express feelings, explore the world, relieve stress, and form close bonds.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345438973
0345438973
Characteristics: xii, 307 p. ; 25 cm

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nichoa85
Jun 22, 2016

This is one of four parenting books that I've read so far. The idea of using play to understand and connect with children is fantastic and the author had a lot of good ideas on how to do this. Although I enjoyed reading this book, I didn't finish it because I found it to be redundant. Since my oldest child is still an infant I can not speak to the effectiveness of these strategies. But I will keep them in mind for later.

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