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Playful Parenting

By Lawrence J. Cohen

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: USA, 01 January 2004

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"Pretend... that we're really gonna be late and you're really mad," Emma, daughter of psychologist and play therapist Cohen, whispered one morning, cleverly transforming their morning ritual his grumpy attempt to get her off to preschool into a fun game. According to Cohen, children of all ages have an ongoing need for connectedness, security and attachment; playful interaction with parents is an important way to develop such bonds. Through play, parents can help their kids develop greater confidence, express bottled up or difficult feelings, recover from daily emotional upheavals, negotiate agreements, express love and not least have fun. In his therapy practise, Cohen has used play to help both severely troubled and securely attached kids negotiate the daily travails of life; he demonstrates how to prevent and address serious problems with silliness and laughter. Cohen acknowledges that it is sometimes difficult for busy and harried parents to relearn play, and that playtime is both physically challenging and tiring. However, using examples from his practise, research and personal experience, he 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. Agent, Josh Horwitz date: May 29)Forecast: Cohen takes his practise on the road for a five-city author tour, which should help convince the Scrooge-like of play's primacy. His lessons on the deflection of anger are applicable beyond the m‚nage.

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About the Author

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in children's play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the coauthor, with Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies, a book about children's friendships and peer relations. He is also a columnist for The Boston Globe. Dr. Cohen leads Playful Parenting workshops for parents, teachers, and child-care professionals. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Anne, and their daughter, Emma. From the Hardcover edition.


"A welcome reminder that the serious business of parenthood also can be fun."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer "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."-Chicago Parent

EAN: 9780345442864
ISBN: 0345442865
Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
Dimensions: 20.68 x 14.07 x 1.96 centimeters (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Rahul Sood on
Like a lot of books written by therapists, this contains many beautiful stories and a lot of nice ideas, but not much concrete advice. It tells you to be playful nd why that's important, but offers scant suggestions about how or what to play with your baby/toddler/child.

This is a great book that I encourage parents to read. Dr. Cohen certainly didn't invent this approach, and I don't believe he's claiming to have, but he does a great job of making the case for the importance of playing with your children. And not just taking the time to play with your children, but also approaching discipline and parenting in a playful manner.

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