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)
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.
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.
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.
great insight, helpful tips, easy listening
Great insight into kids and parents, great reader
Endless learned! Just one small example ... when my 19 month old child gets hurts, I extrapolated from the book to
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
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.
This book has a lot of great ideas and a lot of great concepts. As a woman I found the authors perspective and the examples he relates as his experience as a child psychiatrist and play therapist hard to translate to my own relationships with the children in my life.
The basic messages are good and worth a listen.
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.
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