Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen

Subtitled “an exciting new approach to raising children that will help you nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, and encourage confidence”, this book offers a complete guide to using play to raise confident children, from peekaboo with babies to cracking a joke with teenagers.

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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. Playful parenting is important and 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.

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (20 Nov. 2012) ISBN 0345442865

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