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Posted January 24, 2002
HOW TO DISPERSE THE AGRO
I have actually only read the first few chapters so far - and as a result spent the whole of yesterday putting what I'd read into practice. I didn't get cross with my 3 1/2 year old son once. I often have trouble getting him to put his clothes on in the morning, or, to eat his dinner. I spent most of yesterday at his level. We wrestled. I played trains with him on my back. He wouldn't eat his dinner, so I told him if he didn't eat his dinner I would have to do something drastic like tip a bucket of water over my head. He laughed and said, no, don't tip the water over your head and started eating. He wouldn't put his pyjamas on, so my husband and I wore them on our head. We spent half the day in fits of giggles. We connected. This morning he came bounding into our room and come and layed down next to me and gave me the most loving look. I can't wait to read more and put into practice. I felt so much more energised and once I started it was really much easier than how we were handling our conflicts only a day ago. I look forward to reading the rest of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2001
Great Strategies for Connecting with Your Children Through Play
PLAYFUL PARENTING is a pathbreaking book which provides practical, easy to use strategies for establishing a better connection with your children and bringing more laughter into your house - all the while stimulating greater confidence in your children. PLAYFUL PARENTING has a simple premise - that children learn and communicate and develop through play, and the more we as parents can join them at that level, the more connected with them we will be. The author combines the insight and wisdom of a highly observant child pscyhologist with anecdotes about his own, often amusing and somtimes humbling, experiences as a parent. Readers will feel that the author is on their side and understands both the joys and the difficulties of being a parent. PLAYFUL PARENTING is chock full of practical tips, both for developing a closer bond with your children over time and for reacting to many specific challenges on the spot. For me, one of the great benefits of reading this book was building my repertoire of strategies for those occasions when the easiest reaction is to get angry at a child's provocative manner of attention-seeking (for instance, when your son calls you stinker, responding in a hushed tone, 'Shhh, don't tell anyone else my secret name.') There are fifteen well written chapters, including Focusing on Connection ('as adults we connect through talking, children connect through play'), Follow the Giggles ('a shared laugh is a big improvement over a moralistic lecture that falls on deaf ears') and my favorite - Rethinking Discipline ('the essence of discipline is to teach' and we are more likely to do that through 'closeness, playfulness, and emotional understanding' than with 'punishment, behavior modification, and too much permissiveness'.) This is a helpful book for parents wherever they are - for those who simply want to enhance an already strong bond with their children and for those who need help working through one form or another of disconnection with their kids. As a friend of the author's, I had the opportunity to read a pre-publication manuscript of PLAYFUL PARENTING. I immediately began applying its lessons to great effect with my two boys, ages 4 and 2. Based on my own experiences, I highly recommend this book. It would make a great gift for any parent, especially for those just embarking on this challenging journey.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.