Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You'd like to Be a More Playful Parent

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You'd like to Be a More Playful Parent

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Play is how children explore their world, communicate their feelings and get closer to the people they care about. It's a way for them to work through stressful situations and sometimes just blow off steam.

Through play we ca join our kids in their world, according to psychologist and Boston Globe columnist Lawrence Cohen in his delightful new book Playful Parenting.

Anyone can be a playful parent, Dr. Cohen says. All it takes is a sense of adventure and a willingness to let down your guard and try something new. He describes games, activities and playful interactions that parents can enjoy with children of all ages, whether it's playing chase-me with a toddler or reducing a totally cool teenager to helpless laughter.

From gaining the confidence of a sullen five-year-old to hanging out with a preteen at the mall, from getting ready for school to dealing with foul language, this book offers innovative solutions to handling many difficult behaviors. …

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