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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345442865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345442864
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good book. Gives advice on how to help your child develop through play. You can help them (and yourself) learn to deal healthily with the whole range of emotions your child experiences. It opened my eyes to my own preconceptions.

An example of its practicality - my son hates having his face and hands wiped after meals. Following the advice in the book I gave him the cloth and asked him to wipe my face. I squealed and pulled faces - he loved it, then let me wash his face with no problems. He could see that I hated it too but that I was happy with the result. He had some control and power where he had felt out of control and powerless before. Mealtimes now end far more pleassantly than before.
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I cannot recommend this book enough. It has totally transformed my approach to parenting my two little boys. I bought the book because I was feeling frustrated with my 3 year old sons constant requests to "plaaaaaaaaaaaaaay". To be honest, I was finding his games a little boring and repetitive and we were really stuck in a rut. I also secretly resented his requests thinking that surely he should be able to play more independently by now. So, I sought guidance from this book. I was hooked from the very first page. The book really helped me realise that children connect with us through their play. They use play to understand difficult emotions, to build confidence and to develop a sense of themselves. Laurence Cohen provides ideas for lots of wonderful playful approaches to situations that I would have previously resorted to threats and the dreaded "naughty chair". We never use the naughty chair any more and our house if full of fun and laughter. My husband and I feel like we can really indulge in play and we are almost having a second childhood. We knew that we were seriously on the wrong track with our kids before. Our unrealistic expectations for perfect behaviour, regular tellings off and trips to the naughty chair were making our son angry and resentful. We knew that we were spoiling our children's childhood and missing out on the most wonderful time of our lives. We feared that they would grow up to resent us for the parenting approach that we were using. Thankfully, this book has really turned us around and we look forward to a long happy relationship with our two boys.
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Your child defies you. What do you do? I'm tempted to crack down on the kid. This book shows how to turn the confrontation into connection while still setting limits. The author, Lawrence Cohen, restores joy to parenting--playing with your child becomes healing and nurturing for both of you. Cohen provides specific examples of play you can use in the whole range of difficult encounters with children. Especially valuable are his explanations of the fear and anger that underlie particular types of defiant statements by children, and his examples of play that can defuse the anger and ameliorate the fear. This book even speaks--implicitly--to adults' fears and anger, explaining how to get over old emotions. If I had to choose one book to give to a new parent, this would be the one--although I'd also be tempted to provide "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby." But the Cohen book will, in the long run, provide more help and provide it over the child's entire time at home. A word about its readability: Five-star. It is amazing that this author can write so clearly and in such an entertaining way, and at the same time provide a crucial new way to connect with a child. The book is a revelation and a delight.
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This book is a great read with good examples for those who aren't ready to throw caution to the wind and get silly, maybe those parents who have forgotten how to play or don't think they should play with their kids. My boys love playing with my husband and I. I think this should be a mandatory read for all parents! Children learn through play and it helps you get in their world to teach them easily. Great for stressed out parents who feel stuck. I do believe it has helped me get even closer with my kids even though I didn't think it was possible.
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This is a well written and refreshing parenting book. Lawrence Cohen sets out the principles of playful parenting, giving parents an opportunity to review their approaches and consider practical changes, with the background to why...he openly admits his own difficulties, with examples to show successes and failures - and demonstrates that parenting isn't just about raising your children, it's about you and your background and family history, your partner, and your connection as a family unit. He is demonstrating that if we follow the child's lead, we can get more insight into what they are telling us - what they can't express in words, they express in behaviour, and this book helps us to learn the signs.

It is challenging book, and at times I've struggled to carry it through, but I'm going to keep trying...This isn't a quick fix or a set of tips to use. This is an approach to parenting that will take time and effort to adopt...but will be worth it. I'm already seeing the rewards in the connection between myself and my son, and my own ability to be more playful and relaxed. Thank you Mr Cohen!!!!
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