u003cbru003e Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children’s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Through play we join our kids in u003ciu003etheiru003c/iu003e world–and help them tou003cbru003e u003cbru003e • Express and understand complex emotionsu003cbru003e • Break through shyness, anger, and fearu003cbru003e • Empower themselves and respect diversityu003cbru003e • Play their way through sibling rivalryu003cbru003e • Cooperate without power strugglesu003cbru003e u003cbru003e From eliciting a giggle during baby’s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, u003ciu003ePlayful Parentingu003c/iu003e is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent.