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Publisher's 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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Leah Kustiner on 11-17-16

enhanced my parenting style

loved listening to this while making my kids lunches and cleaning the kitchen late at night. This is truly respectable author and narrator. As an orthodox Jew with lots of little ones, this book has given me the ability and tools to be a fun mommy more often, even when I'm too busy and on task. This has been a true gift from G-d and I'm so grateful.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By K. M. Nuttall on 06-14-15

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By H on 11-10-11

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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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By JB on 03-23-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Brooke Batchelor on 09-24-15

A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS!

What made the experience of listening to Playful Parenting the most enjoyable?

The anecdotal stories and the parent-to-parent advice provided a lot of food for thought and made A LOT of sense. It was entertaining, insightful and enlightening. I was always ready to start playing and connecting with my kids after listening to these words of wisdom.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the author also recognised that he didn't always get parenting 'right' and that he made some less than desirable decisions in his parenting journey too. It was refreshing to hear from another parent who could see their errors, change their approach and have some grace for all of us who struggle at times.

What about Lawrence J. Cohen’s performance did you like?

Lawrence J. Cohen's performance was great. He was easy to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Build strong, connected families with Playful Parenting.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must for all parents. It handles all aspects of parenting including discipline, setting limits, understanding your child, finding compassion and understanding and building your child's self esteem with well-researched evidence to back it all up.

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1 out of 5 stars
By bonnie on 09-09-17

Not recommended

The book basically keeps repeating the same thing again and again. All it says is: how important it is to be playful when it comes to parenting. I am very disappointed it doesn't tell you anything about HOW to be playful.

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