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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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By Helpful Reviewer on 10-20-11

How to say "play with your kids" for 100 pages

I loved the idea of this book, but the author spent most of the time saying that it was important to play with your kids without really elaborating on how to structure one's life to play more with the kids, how to find hobbies in common with your kids, how to find family activities that everyone enjoys, etc.

The book was just 100 different ways of saying how important it is to play with kids. I wanted a "how to" not a "how important." HOWEVER, there were one or two things that I found useful.

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful


By Phyllis on 05-27-10

Best Parenting Book Ever

This is the best parenting resource around. You can look at the rave reviews for the paperback on amazon. It's finally out in audio, read by the author. Great stuff.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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