Posts Tagged "Cohen"

Undoing Harsh Words

Undoing Harsh Words

I've been assisting Rachel Macy Stafford with replies to readers comments on her powerful HandsFreeMama blog. Rachel's posts are deeply moving and motivational accounts of real-life moments with her daughters and evoke an outpouring of emotional responses like this one from the mother of a 4-year-old who was struggling to find her patience. This reader's comment and my reply are shared with...

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Bigger, Better, Faster

Bigger, Better, Faster

What to do for the child who always has to be better than his/her siblings? Needing to be "better than" is another version of a child's need to win. Dr. Lawrence Cohen, author of Playful Parenting and co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, provides a playful yet effective way to fill this need in a Q&A reprinted from his newsletter with permission: Q & A: I need some good play to help my...

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Unraveling Tension

Unraveling Tension

  What do you do when something just has to get done, and you and your child get all knotted up over it? Dr. Lawrence Cohen, author of Playful Parenting and co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, suggests this, reprinted from his newsletter with permission. His analogy of an actual "knot" helps you unravel the tension. The Knot of Tension   A Knot of Tension is a set of distressing...

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Playful CAN DOs

Playful CAN DOs

"Uppy! Uppy!" From the time they can talk, kids beg to be held. Physical contact with the added element of play can continue to meet your child's needs for experience, connection and power throughout childhood.  Contact is the perfect addition to almost any CAN DO you offer your child. Here are two parent stories from Dr. Lawrence Cohen's Playful Parenting newsletter, reprinted with permission,...

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