In Playful Parenting, author and psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen shows parents how connecting with kids in their world helps build bonds, boost confidence and fulfill children's needs for attachment, affection, love, security and closeness.
Did you know that children laugh upwards of 300 times a day? Author Lawrence J. Cohen asks parents what life would be like if we injected more play into our parenting and laughed even half as much as our kids do. It's not all funny business, though.
Playful Parenting is an insightful look at the benefits of play and how to use play versus power trips to get desired actions. He offers tips and techniques for parents to let go and play more, all while underscoring the value of play in family bonding.
Why kids need play
Cohen explains, "For adults, play means leisure. But for children, play is more like their job." According to the author, play is profoundly more meaningful than parents usually think. Play is:
Play versus power trips
Playful Parenting offers so many great examples of how parents can use play to get desired behaviors or outcomes, instead of resorting to punishment and power trips. It requires a rethinking of some traditional parenting methods, but it aims to foster more closeness, mutual respect and meaningful connections with our children. Some examples include:
How to let go and be more playful
Cohen points to how much children need parents to literally play in their world. Because it's often hard for parents to let go of their daily stresses and see play as not only meaningful but necessary, Cohen offers these tips and more:
Cohen says, "Every once in a while... children need us to be hugely enthusiastic, to say yes in a booming voice instead of the constant parade of no."
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