Playful Parenting

Playful Parenting

An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You : Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, Encourage Confidence

Paperback - 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002, c2001.
Edition: First trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780345442864
0345442865
Characteristics: xii, 307 pages ;,21 cm.

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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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