Playful Parenting

Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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)

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enhanced my parenting style

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.

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Must read parenting book

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.

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How to say "play with your kids" for 100 pages

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.

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Best Parenting Book Ever

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.

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Get this book.

If you're a parent struggling with behavioral issues (yours or your child's), this book will help you make sense of those issues and move forward by flowing with your children's energy...understanding and meeting their unmet needs, creating and restoring connection, solving problems, and infusing joy into your life with your kids. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Just get it.

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"The book" for my parenting needs & more :)

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...

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  • 02-23-16

A have to read for Every parent, grandparent !!!

It was sooo good that I am going to read it AGAIN.! if you want to connect with your kids READ IT!

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book of the year

Would you listen to Playful Parenting again? Why?

yes i am listening to it for a second time as there is much to take in

What was one of the most memorable moments of Playful Parenting?

the message to parents to lighten up and enjoy their children

Have you listened to any of Lawrence J. Cohen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How he really gets kids

Any additional comments?

everyone should read it

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  • 07-01-15

Excellent!

Great listen for parents trying to navigate the challenges of positive, playful parenting without resolving to negative or physical punishments; rather, connecting with your children and filling their cup.

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Inspiring book, great narration, best advice yet

Should be titled, "Solve all your problems with your kids through play and have the family you've always wanted". Amazing.

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  • 11-10-11

Helpful book

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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  • JB
  • 03-23-17

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.

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  • Russell
  • 03-08-17

Important book

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

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  • Mr Clarke
  • 12-19-17

Great only book needed for happy home

really good advice that resonates as the right way to approach parenting, i wish my parents had read this one back in the day.

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  • Wild Bunny Arts
  • 04-29-16

Common sense

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.

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  • Little Miss Daisy
  • 01-19-17

Playful parenting

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

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  • 10-12-16

great book

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

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  • cm
  • 04-17-16

Brilliant

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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  • Just Me
  • 07-01-20

One of the best parenting books and I read some

Easier than this you can't have. I ve attended lots of parenting workshops, classes, read lots of books, this is easy to apply and there is no way to not fit for any kid. With other methods I had to see what's best for my kid and if applyes to him. But these methods hits a very wide range of kids, I would dare to say all

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  • Astrid
  • 06-12-20

great help and insights

I have listened to it twice now already and it really gives great insights and help to parents for children of all ages not just babies and toddlers. Even if you struggle with a teenager and didnt have all his tips and help before you can still make mends and re-connect. Really great reading/listening. highly recommend it.

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  • Brooke Batchelor
  • 09-24-15

A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS!

What made the experience of listening to Playful Parenting the most enjoyable?

The anecdotal stories and the parent-to-parent advice provided a lot of food for thought and made A LOT of sense. It was entertaining, insightful and enlightening. I was always ready to start playing and connecting with my kids after listening to these words of wisdom.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the author also recognised that he didn't always get parenting 'right' and that he made some less than desirable decisions in his parenting journey too. It was refreshing to hear from another parent who could see their errors, change their approach and have some grace for all of us who struggle at times.

What about Lawrence J. Cohen’s performance did you like?

Lawrence J. Cohen's performance was great. He was easy to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Build strong, connected families with Playful Parenting.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must for all parents. It handles all aspects of parenting including discipline, setting limits, understanding your child, finding compassion and understanding and building your child's self esteem with well-researched evidence to back it all up.

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  • bonnie
  • 09-09-17

Not recommended

The book basically keeps repeating the same thing again and again. All it says is: how important it is to be playful when it comes to parenting. I am very disappointed it doesn't tell you anything about HOW to be playful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-20

Great content and easy to listen to

Great content and the narrator had a relaxed easy to listen to tone. I appreciated the references to reviewed and academic literature.

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  • Michael H
  • 07-06-19

Sensational

Countless parents the world over spend hours and hours fighting with screaming, angry and disobedient children. This book offers powerful solutions to all those problems.

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  • Nimish Joshi
  • 05-23-19

Loved it!

Loved every bit of it! It has had a profound impact on my whole personality, not just the relationship with my child...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-19

worth a read

as a parent im always reading on ways to try and be better. this book offers a fresh perspective on that. ive tried some of the techniques and have had amazing sucess. definately enjoyed it.

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  • LainyM
  • 03-30-19

Great, practical examples

Easy listening, entertaining tones with great and practical examples of what the author discusses. My husband and I have tried a few of the playful strategies with my 3 and 5 year old boys, and do they really lift the mood of us all! It’s an insightful book to remind us of the true heart of children and how to connect with them; a book that also wonderfully surprised us adults with the ‘side effect’ of being playful parents. I highly recommend it!

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  • Mehran
  • 08-12-18

beautiful

i really enjoyed this beautiful book, i like to listen to his other books if he has any other!

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  • Nadja
  • 07-28-16

A real go-to parenting book

although I'm just starting out in my role as parent, this book has given me some very good ideas to implement and really changed my outlook on parenting. because it can be so much fun! the boik is full of Do's, not don't s. a great guide

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  • Graham
  • 07-28-16

Child play is meaningful

I had never realized that child play contained so much about how their world was or wasn't working. Recommend this to parents and those fostering. It has lowered our stress levels. Graham