Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Children's Confidence

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Lawrence J. Cohen

See more books from this Author
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.
 
Published November 19, 2008 by Ballantine Books. 322 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Playful Parenting

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Through play, parents can help their kids develop greater confidence, express bottled up or difficult feelings, recover from daily emotional upheavals, negotiate agreements, express love and—not least—have fun.

| Read Full Review of Playful Parenting: A Bold Ne...

Suite 101

If you have school age children, the anxiety of back to school can leave you exhausted.

Aug 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Playful Parenting: A Bold Ne...

Reader Rating for Playful Parenting
88%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 153 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×