Giveaway: Playful Parenting (Paperback or CD) $19 ARV {1.29; US/Can} CLOSED

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This is a joint giveaway with Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Dr. Larry Cohen is offering our readers a giveaway of a copy of the #1 parenting book Playful Parenting

Playful Parenting coverPlay is the root of all development throughout childhood. From birth, children use different forms of play to communicate, experiment, and learn. Along with fostering growth, play can repair. A child who is feeling isolated or powerless will benefit greatly from the healing power of play. This empowering and connecting with children, however, will only happen on their terms; you must literally “get on the floor.”

Playful Parenting is my personal favorite parenting book. Dr. Cohen focuses on establishing trusting connections between parents and children, rethinking the way we discipline, and empowering and believing in our children. But even better than the lessons in a positive parenting philosophy, he offers concrete examples of how to implement play in your everyday parenting. Dr. Cohen explains why and how parents playing with children can not only promote closeness and confidence, but it can ease discipline challenges and sibling rivalry.

Playful Parenting covers a host of common challenges: how to playfully deal with a child’s violent imaginative play; how to help children who are having problems connecting with both parents and peers; empowering your child; learning to roughhouse; following the child’s lead; rethinking discipline; sibling rivalry; and more.

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children’s play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. Dr. Cohen is also the co-author, with Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Needs of Children, and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Children Solve Social Problems. His regular column in Nick Jr. Magazine was the winner of the 2003 Golden Lamp award from Education Press, and he also answers parents’ questions online at

Dr. Cohen offers individualized consultations, parent workshops, and play days for parents. He also offers a host of services for schools, as well as private therapy for adults, children, couples, and families – whether in his Massachusetts office, in your own home, or by telephone. You can find out more about Dr. Cohen and his work at his website:


You can purchase a copy of the book Playful Parenting on for a list price of $14.95 for the paperback (currently on sale for $10.17 and eligible for free Super Saver Shipping in the U.S.). You can download the audiobook for $24.95 at To purchase the Playful Parenting audiobook on 6 CDs, email audio {at}


For your own chance to win a copy of Playful Parenting (either paperback or on CD), enter in the comments below! Contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only. (Our apologies, international readers!)


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This is a joint giveaway between Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only, and we’ll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do check out and enjoy both sites!

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Contest closes January 29 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Disclosure: Our reviewer did not receive anything free for this review. We’re doing it all for you! For our giveaways, we try to seek out only products we think you would find relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent. If we don’t like a product, we won’t be recommending it to you. See our full disclosure policy here.


Dionna, the reviewer of Playful Parenting, blogs about natural parenting at Code Name: Mama and is also the cofounder of Natural Parents Network and

  1. Dr. Cohen’s biography is from his About page on

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