A must read from Andrea's

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen, PH.D.

I was introduced to this gem of a book by a colleague who raved about all the wonderful little insights she had gained reading Playful Parenting. She was impressed with the way her daughter had responded to their new playful interactions. I found it to be an enjoyable read myself, packed with practical ideas for how to establish a connection with your child, join them in their world of play and introduce playful interactions into your daily routines. I highly recommend it to parents who are looking for a fresh approach to the way they respond to some of the daily joys and struggles of parenting.
The first chapter is my favourite, focusing on the value of being a playful parent and how it contributes to the great payoff of parenting, those moments when you experience a meaningful connection with your child. Infants and toddlers offer parents frequent opportunities to connect both physically and emotionally.
When children become school age, these moments tend to be less frequently initiated by the child. Parent child conflict over rules, expectations and performance may increase at this stage of development. The beauty of Playful Parenting is that you can apply it anywhere you are and as often as you wish. It isn’t dependant to your availability to play.  The author challenges parents to look for moments when they have a choice to respond to their child in a playful manner and watch the profound impact it makes on the relationship.
Take time for this amazing read, be playful and enjoy the pay off of those special moments with your child.

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