Playful Parenting

Playful Parenting 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

  • Title: Playful Parenting
  • Author: Lawrence J. Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780345442864
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 successfulHave 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 strugglesFrom 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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    About “Lawrence J. Cohen

    • Lawrence J. Cohen

      Lawrence J Cohen, Ph.D the author of PLAYFUL PARENTING, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children s play and play therapy In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers Dr Cohen is also the co author, with Michael Thompson and Catherine O Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies Friendship, Popularity and Social Cruelty in the Lives of Boys and Girls, and Mom, They re Teasing Me Helping Children Solve Social Problems His regular column in Nick Jr Magazine was the winner of the 2003 Golden Lamp award from Education Press, and he also answers parents questions online at NickJr.Dr Cohen is the author of numerous published articles in professional journals and popular magazines, and he has presented his work at professional conferences, workshops, classes, and public appearances.Dr Cohen attended Haverford College and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University After an internship at Tulane University, he began a research and private practice career in Madison, Wisconsin His treatment innovations have included the first groups in the country for husbands and boyfriends of sexual abuse survivors, as well as one of the first therapy groups for male survivors of sexual abuse All of his work with children, parents, couples, abuse survivors, and families has pointed him towards writing about human connections.Dr Cohen lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    694 thoughts on “Playful Parenting

    • I had thought a lot about what parenting was going to mean for me and how I was going to go about it. I read a lot of different books covering all areas in great detail and discussedit with my partner. When my son arrived the experienced surpassed the greatest of expectations. Being the mother to a baby was just wonderful. BUT THEN one day, our baby was a boy who wanted to PLAY. He really showed that he needed me to get down on the floor and PLAY with him and his toys. I was totally unprepared f [...]

    • I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I feel like it motivated me to play with my children more. It also made me rethink the value of play and what certain types of play mean. Due to this book, I played a game where my young son took away my shoes and I cried and cried about how I wanted them back. My son loved the game and due to reading this book, I could see where this would be fun for him when in real life, I'm the one taking things away from him. So there were nuggets that were gle [...]

    • This book is a must read for those in the attachment parenting camp, and any other parent wanting to have more fun, more connection and more happy times with their children. Cohen gives concrete examples of how to connect with kids using play, including rough-housing, games, silly antics and everyday activities. The basics:Children "misbehave" when they are disconnected. In order to reach the kids, we need to re-connect. The best way to do this is in the language of children - play. We have to l [...]

    • Cohen has tremendous energy and creativity in using play therapy to connect with children and help them deal with difficult feelings and impulses. What a fresh approach to parenting! Reading the first several chapters, I was amazed and impressed at how he looks at troubling behavior, mindfully tries to reframe it, seeking to understand the struggle going on inside the child, and help that child come through it in an atmosphere of loving support. Cohen seems remarkably intuitive, and senses when [...]

    • Very interesting perspective on parenting! The message that has really stuck with me is the fact that if kids are acting up, all they may need is even a few minutes of our undivided attention to really reconnect, then they will be just fine. Taking those few minutes could save hours of struggling and grief. Plus, we need to have fun and connect with kids on their level once in a while! I've only been a parent for a year and a half and I already forget that often.As far as the discipline section [...]

    • While this book did help me think about more playful ways to communicate with my children, I wished it were organized differently. The author talks about the "Playful Parenting method" a lot but doesn't really ever articulate exactly what it is. He just says that it is "this philosophy" or "that philosophy." I guess you can see each chapter as an articulation of the method but I kept waiting for a more clear explanation and it never came. Also, this book has a lot of specific anecdotes. You can [...]

    • I read this when my daughter was smaller, and found it to be a really helpful book. I have to admit that my child is quite an "easy" child, but I think part of that is due to the way I interact with her due to this book. What made the biggest impression on me in this book is the idea that you can pick your battles, and you can also have fun with your child instead of escalating a battle of wills, especially with a child who can't really communicate his or her feelings effectively at this point. [...]

    • “Pretend… that we’re really gonna be late and you’re really mad.” Imagine your child saying that when you’re grumpy and trying to get out the door in the morning. Games work for kids and parents, too. "Playful Parenting" is a psychological look at what works with kids. It includes the memorable analogy of filling a child's cup with connection to meet his/her needs. Dr. Cohen clearly establishes that meeting children's needs is the key to long-term behavior management as opposed to re [...]

    • Keynes famously said "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist" and in a similar way, many of us are probably unwitting inheritors of a behaviourist view of parenting that suggests we somehow *should* be punishing or rewarding behaviour at its face value.Lawrence Cohen offers another perspective, based on personal and professional experience, and two simple and reasonably common-sense ideas. The fir [...]

    • Very mixed feelings on this one. On the plus side, Cohen offers some absolute gems of advice, and he has well and truly convinced me to incorporate much more playtime with my boy and even (gasp!) wrestle and play guns with him! On the down side, the book badly needed an editing job - I found it rambling and repetitive. I think this book would have benefitted from someone experienced in laying out non-fiction, with lots of dot-point summaries at the end of each chapter and a harsh red penning of [...]

    • I LOVE this book. There are so many opportunities to engage with kids through play, to deal with challenging behaviors through playI once had a boy in one of my classes, 2 1/2 years old, who was going through a lot of change in his life. He would literally come to class each week and begin screaming at the beginning and not stop until the end, scaring some of the other kids quite a bit. For a variety of reasons, Mom was not intervening (she was very, very pregnant and I think just exhausted), an [...]

    • I've only read about half of this book, then had to return it to the library. But that was enough to inspire me to have a more playful approach to my daughter in everyday situations, and it is really working! She is 1 1/2, and she is getting to be a handful. This book also helped me with interactions with random kids I encounter at the park and everywhere else. Now I have some tools and ideas to change the tone of any situation, and change tears to laughter. It takes some work, but it is so wort [...]

    • SOOOOOO GOOD. For the budding play therapist and future parent, this book is amazing. Detailed with real life examples and a transformative approach to "problem" behaviors. I found Cohen to be a smart narrator helping to make parenting humane and call attention to the common misnomer that to follow a child's lead or have fun will make a child more likely to misbehave or not prepare the child for the real world. He is heavily influenced by Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting, whose work I lov [...]

    • Blech. Sounds like a great parenting book but it wasn't. I was so bored that I didn't even bother to finish the darn thing.Here's what's wrong with it:-no sound strategies to apply with your kids -moves endlessly from platitude to anecdote -the author sings his own praises just way too much. If he's not bragging about himself as a parent, then it's all about his prowess as a psychiatrist-or bragging endlessly about his daughter.Honestly, there is an outlet for that. It's called a blog. Except th [...]

    • Good ideas, but the author seems to come off as insufferably superior at times, which is off-putting. The rest of us lose our temper, but he always knows better.

    • It is been a long time since a parenting book made me excited to try out the methods. I really like the lessons from this book, and they have made an immediate improvement on things in my house. Very well done.

    • Sunt mereu sceptică când încep o carte despre parenting! Toate se laudă a fi cea mai bună, indicându-ți reguli și idei perfecte pe care trebuie doar să le aplici și gata: ai copilul, relația și viața perfectă. Iar dacă ceva nu merge conform 'planului' este desigur vina părintelui care nu respectă rețeta. Puține cărți recunosc că "incredientele" nu sunt aceleași, nici măcar roșiile nu au toate același gust, cu atât mai mult copiii! Totuși, această carte este una dintr [...]

    • Let's just get this out of the way: No, I'm not pregnant! Nor do I have children. Nonetheless, every once in a while I see a parenting book recommended in an article that intrigues me, and so I read it. I find them very insightful for dealing with people in general, as adults are all just basically large children At work I like to joke that I read these books to help me deal with clients. ;)So far this book is amazingly insightful. It explains how children can work through all of their emotional [...]

    • One of my absolutely favorite parenting books. It's tremendously helpful in how I approach situations with my little ones. Not like everything is smooth sailing yet, but maybe I need to keep rereading this and a few other certain titles until more of the techniques and principles 'stick'. I really felt this book gave me some insight into the minds of kid that a lot of others didn't. For instance, the stuff about aggressive play and how it can be beneficial to let the kids work out their stuff th [...]

    • Loved this book! So why not 5 stars? Because it does not have a quick-pick selection of games or ideas to initiate play or suggestions for certain types of situations. I feel like I would need to keep rereading the book and make my own list. (That's fine of course, but the book would be greatly enhanced if that were done for the reader.) This book should be read by all parents!

    • The best book I've read on parenting. I love the fact that it inspires respect towards children and understanding that they have needs and are not just acting out. If you truely want to become a good parent then this book is a must-read!

    • I liked the book. Really helped me see the world through a child's perspective. A must read for all parents and especially for first-time parents.

    • Where more 'traditional' parenting methods for discipline have failed, this book has helped me see beyond the behaviour and recognise the importance of connection above all else

    • I've only read a few chapters of this so far. And it's revolutionizing how I interact with my toddler! *thumbs up!*

    • I really took a lot from this book. One of those, "I should reread this because I'll know I'll forget stuff in a year" type of books. As a parent who is more of the reader, writer, colorer, hiker, meditative type--I found actually sitting down and playing to be hard. This made it feel so much easier. I've been testing it while reading it with Luca, and man, has it made a world of difference. I already love our alone time together, and this just took it to the next level. Plus, with his typical b [...]

    • Playing parenting is a useful book that is full of tips and strategies to help in raising children better. The writer, Dr Lawrence Cohen, driven his experience from the field, working as a psychologist. He brought real examples from parents, children and experts whom he met in his career. He used Amma, his daughter, as a real personal sample in some cases. He believes that the best way to communicate with children is through playing. Playing can turn negative actions of children into positive on [...]

    • Hands down my favourite parenting book to date. Gave me a few a-ha! moments about something that happened in the past and a few ideas for the future. I read in other books about the need for connection, time ins as opposed to time outs and setting boundaries gently before but this book is unique when it comes to using play to connect with children.

    • Amazing parenting book, full of great advice and suggestions that helped me tremendously with my own children and made a difference in their behaviour and our relationship. It is true that the book could have been more tightly edited and structured but that truly does not take away from its merits. A must read if you think that you would need mroe connection with your child.

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