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Playful Parenting

Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)
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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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  • H
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 10-11-11

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
  • 23-03-17

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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 17-04-16

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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Great techniques some of which had immediate effect

The book started a little bit dry but some of the techniques in this book such as creating your own silly limits as part of a game that my toddler can push or playfully pretend that I’m struggling to open the door or fall over so my toddler feels less powerless and frustrated worked immediately! I feel it gave me a really good practical toolset for mindful parenting.

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Changed my parenting style!

This book is one of the most practical parenting books I have listened to. It definitely has changed my perspective on parenting and has been very helpful so far.