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Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, an [Paperback]

By Lawrence J. Cohen (Author)
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A clinical psychologist presents an innovative, hands-on approach to using play in all facets of parenting, explaining how children use play to communicate feelings, get close to those they care about, help alleviate stressful situations, release tension, and foster emotional healing. Winner of the 2001 NAPPA Gold Award. Reprint.

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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.

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Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, an by Lawrence J. Cohen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 593
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 450

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Ballantine Books
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.14" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2002
Publisher   Ballantine Books
ISBN  0345442865  
ISBN13  9780345442864  

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More About Lawrence J. Cohen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in children s play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the author of Playful Parenting and co-author, with Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and Catherine O Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Mom, They re Teasing Me. Dr. Cohen leads Playful Parenting workshops for parents, teachers, and child-care professionals. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liz. They have two grown children."

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Reviews - What do customers think about Playful Parenting?

Great insight on children's play  Jun 13, 2008
I bought this book because I needed help with getting better at playing with my daughter. She always wants to play and I am busy or not in the mood. I was feeling so guilty and not a good mom that I started looking for books on how to be a better parent. After reading this book, I realized how important play is. Is not just a game but a way to build a stronger relationship with my daughter and learning what she is thinking and feeling. Through play she lets me know if she had a good day at the daycare.
I strongly recommend this book.
beautiful, beautiful book   May 25, 2008
A pleasant read with plenty of humor and ideas. The author is a nice real human being, not a miracle worker coming from outer space, teaching you how to loosen up and reconnect with your children in very simple ways.
The author offers hope and guidance to parents, helping them understand their mistakes with empathetic insights; empowers you with tools to address your own emotional issues, and covers every possible topic with lots of examples ( I loved that!)
Definitely the best parenting book I've ever read.
Nice read  Apr 7, 2008
Will use some of these ideas in my daily life-i got 2 sons (3&1 year) and really some of these ideas weren't new, but in our busy schedule it's good to have a book like this to remind us that all the kids need are play (among all other necessities :))
Children need us to play!  Mar 23, 2008
So many of us have become too caught up in our busy lives to remember that children need to play. This book includes great recommendations and strategies for re-connecting with our children through play. So far, it is helping us with our 4 and 1 year olds--we are finding that using a playful approach is helping us feel better about our relationships with our children.
Loved  Mar 6, 2008
I loved this book. It gave me a different prospective on raising and understanding my child. It takes practice to get the hang of it but after I read this book, my baby whinned a LOT LESS. He seems happier.

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