Playful Parenting means joining children in their world of play, focusing on connection and confidence, giggling and roughhousing, and following your child's lead. This audiobook is an exciting approach to raising children that will help you nurture close relationships and solve behavior problems.
Think about the loving gaze of an infant, the no-hold-barred embrace of a toddler, the intimacy of a shared bedtime story, or a silent hand-in-hand walk. These moments of heartfelt connection with our children are part of the great payoff for the hard work of parenting. Yet this connection all too often eludes us. We find ourselves locked in battle instead of joined in partnership. Play can be the long-sought bridge back to that deep emotional bond between parent and child.
©2010 Lawrence J. Cohen (P)2010 Wyatt-MacKenzie
“A welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood also can be fun.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
“Using examples from his practice, research and personal experience, [Cohen] intelligently guides parents through the possibilities awaiting them if they are willing and able to loosen up. The book explores play with compassion, but is often so funny that parents will find themselves chortling out loud with recognition and anticipation.” (Publishers Weekly)
This is the best parenting resource around. You can look at the rave reviews for the paperback on amazon. It's finally out in audio, read by the author. Great stuff.
I loved the idea of this book, but the author spent most of the time saying that it was important to play with your kids without really elaborating on how to structure one's life to play more with the kids, how to find hobbies in common with your kids, how to find family activities that everyone enjoys, etc.
The book was just 100 different ways of saying how important it is to play with kids. I wanted a "how to" not a "how important." HOWEVER, there were one or two things that I found useful.
No way, Jose!
It's a decent book if you just read it yourself, but the narration is very annoying. It's read by the author, which is usually a recipe for disaster. He might be a psychologist, but a good reader he isn't.
If you don't mind listening to book that sounds
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This book was easy to listen to and packed full of specific ideas of how to use play to connect with your children, from babies to teenagers. I loved his section with rules of wrestling and his advice to "follow the giggles" and schedule one on one play time with each child where they get to pick the activity and have your complete focus.
Never read the print version, the audio version is good: Lots of ideas and examples. At least some of these examples will be applicable or adaptable to some parents cases.
I don't know in real life if playful parenting can be applied all the time, especially when there are discipline issues, and / or when parents want the children to abide by some rules.
In all other circumstances, playful parenting is good, and at least it will give insights and ideas for parents for some good quality time with their children, and even to better understand their children through methods outlined in the audio book.
It gives great advise about how to deal with children in a non-agressive, very fun and fresh way. Ok, so maybe not everyone can do this...it does require real commitment and lots of time to stick to the program...but hey, thats what having children should be all about, right? I have applied it (as best I could) with my kids and it really did workd miracles.
loved listening to this while making my kids lunches and cleaning the kitchen late at night. This is truly respectable author and narrator. As an orthodox Jew with lots of little ones, this book has given me the ability and tools to be a fun mommy more often, even when I'm too busy and on task. This has been a true gift from G-d and I'm so grateful.
i absolutely loved this book, starting with title, the approach and the interesting anecdotes. this book has made a significant difference to my parenting style in last 6 months or so. I am happy that I chose to read it and make an effort to use the advise as much as I could..I think I now understand a thing or two about parenting myself which is very empowering. earlier I was turning to people around me and was getting conflicting opinions on how to deal with parenting issues..my heartfelt gratitude to Dr Cohen for writing tks wonderful book. this book should be on every parents shelf...
It was sooo good that I am going to read it AGAIN.! if you want to connect with your kids READ IT!
I love all the ideas for games to play with kids - useful for kids aged 2 to 12! Not sure I agree with his philosophy 100%, but there's definitely lots of useful content.
"Genius ideas for connecting with children"
Full of practical ideas of how to connect and play through those areas of parenting that would otherwise be full of frustration and exasperation. My children are very competitive with each other and Larry's suggestion of playing with the themes of winning and losing worked like magic. Also, playing with breaking ludicrous rules and using imaginary banned words have made life a lot more fun! I also welcome the alternatives to time out as I don't agree with isolating children. When we feel good we behave well, as adults and children. This book really helps achieve that.
Loved this book,especially read by the author. I've read the book too and the bits missed out don't really result in any lost content or learning. I think this could be one of the most important books I've read
Lawrence your time has been spent well, a true gentleman. A great book!!
The book was emotional, fun and in some areas hard to swollow.
Its has helped me see the parenting road ahead clearer and much less foggy
Thank you G
lots of practical advice on how to deal with everyday issues. the narration is very good as well. great tone of voice that keeps you engaged through out
I listen to this book after having a new friend (of my sons) come into our lives and struggling with his behavioral issues whilst not wanting to end the friendship. While I am still struggling with this relationship, the book has given me loads of suggestions about how to reconnect with my own son after a traumatic past year and "early teen" behaviour from him (in my eyes), or - as the book will tell it - cries for connection from him. I'm going to listen again in case I missed anything but I'd recommend this as a priority read for all parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and anyone who comes into contact with children.
It is common sense but we can all benefit from a reminder about how it feels to be a young person and tips about how to make them, and us, feel great.
Fantastic book with great advice that works when put into practice. Will listen to it again to be sure even more of it sinks in.
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