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 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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Good Book, Terrible Narration"
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
""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...
"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!
"book of the year"
yes i am listening to it for a second time as there is much to take in
the message to parents to lighten up and enjoy their children
How he really gets kids
everyone should read it
"Fun when you least expect it"
I've only begun to put some suggestions into practice & already it is helping. Both my son & I feel better when getting ready to get out the door in the mornings or when it's time to leave the park; no more tug-of-war.
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.
"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.
"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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