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A welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood also can be fun.
A MAGICAL AND INSPIRING READ.
MICHAEL THOMPSON, Ph.D.
Coauthor of Best Friends, Worst Enemies
READING THIS BOOK, YOU LL DISCOVER THAT YOU CAN BE CLOSER TO YOUR CHILDREN AND CAN ENJOY THEM MORE. . . . You ll learn what a difference play can make in your relationships and the kind of people your children will become. And, most important, you ll have fun.
"A welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood also can be fun."
"A MAGICAL AND INSPIRING READ."
-MICHAEL THOMPSON, Ph.D.
Coauthor of Best Friends, Worst Enemies
"READING THIS BOOK, YOU'LL DISCOVER THAT YOU CAN BE CLOSER TO YOUR CHILDREN AND CAN ENJOY THEM MORE. . . . You'll learn what a difference play can make in your relationships and the kind of people your children will become. And, most important, you'll have fun."
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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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I am already noticing the difference with my boy - he laughs lots now, I don't loose it over the little things that used to drive me mad - we play and laugh about them now. We make time to play and really connect a few times a day. Our boy is going to be a more confident child because of it.
It's actually fun to play with my friends' kids now and I can occasionally give ideas that help prevent meltdowns - it feels real good to be able to help and read children better!
Has given me a few ideas of how to deal with my children when I would usually be tearing my hair out. Worth a read for any parent
Lawrence Cohen offers another perspective, based on personal and professional experience, and two simple and reasonably common-sense ideas. The first idea is attachment theory, which he explains with the metaphor of a cup - when a child's "attachment cup" is full (of attachment and connectedness to an attachment figure) then they have the confidence and security to explore their world and the people in it. The second idea is that children use play to model and test whatever's on their mind, especially roles and relationships.
So when a child says "you're a stinker", Cohen's response is to take it playfully not personally. He whispers "Don't tell anyone my secret name - only my closest friends call me Stinker" and the play begins.
The whole book is informed by his life as a father and his work as a play therapist, and I have found it to be immensely practical in reducing the stresses and conflicts caused by misunderstanding situations and communications. I'm currently re-reading the book after a year or so, and it's almost scary to recognise how many recent minor parenting triumphs had their roots in my first reading of the book.
Is there a down-side? Of course - sometimes it's hard to find the energy to play on the floor, or the time just to sit together on the sofa. But how much energy and time does it take to do things the other way, and with how much less laughter and pleasure?
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