Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
It’s easy to be a grumpy, grouchy parent. I know I am more often than I’d like!
But kids are inherently playful. They approach everything with fresh eyes and a joyful heart. Children learn through play, they relax through play, and they process their big feelings through play.
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The book Playful Parenting is a primer on tuning in to play with your child. I participate in a lot of parenting communities, and this book is one of the most recommended by positive parents. Understanding your child’s need for play and becoming a playful parenting is a crucial part of reducing a lot of parenting struggles.
What kinds of play are we talking about? Everything from peekaboo games, telling jokes, playing pranks, telling funny stories, wrestling, role-playing, potty humor, sports, card games, races and contests, and so on.
Playful Parenting includes suggestions for:
- Games to play
- Solving specific problems through play
- How to play when you don’t find it fun
- Making time for play in a busy schedule
- Reframing or redirecting play you don’t approve of
Playing with kids gives parents better communication, emotional insights, and a greater connection. It gives kids security, love, confidence, better judgement, and an emotional outlet.
Play is a discipline strategy in the positive parenting toolbox. It creates a strong foundation for leading your child and for diffusing tough situations.
Playful Parenting is itself a playful book, full of humor and great anecdotes. You’ll be challenged, but you’ll also enjoy reading it.
Have you read Playful Parenting? What did you think? What other books would you recommend that ALL parents read?