* My wife
and I have both read your book and think it is excellent. It is
insightful, accessible, and educational without being pedantic.
The "Love Gun" story was great. I remember feeling in awe of
your ability to think so quickly on your feet, and appreciated
your ability to laugh at yourself when the boy aimed his squirt
gun at you the next time and you didn't know what to do.
* When I
read most parenting books, I agree with about 25-50% of what's
written and discard the rest. This book all feels right.
* My son
is exactly like the boy in the book who is so stressed out by
competition. I never thought there was anything I could do about
it, except talk to him about sportsmanship, which doesn't seem
to go anywhere. Now I can't wait to try out the games and other
ideas you suggest.
* We have
always wrestled with our two children, but after reading your
section on Larry's Rules of Wrestling, we tried wrestling in a
different way. We have never had so much fun, and it is helping
our children be closer and more confident.
ideas are so creative and fun and just generally terrific. One
of the things that is so exciting to me is when you give me an
actual game that I can go home and play--and when you give me a
little sample of how it might go, like when you described the
Fighting Foxfish of Fox Street for the girl who was into biting
everything and hitting everyone. That's really wonderful. It's
one thing to read about how important it is to have a sense of
fun as a parent, it's another thing entirely to have it modeled,
and in a way that I can try out immediately. Instead of feeling
like I am not being a good enough parent, it makes me think,
'Oh, I could do this!'
* I find
myself using the techniques and ideas of Playful Parenting as
soon as I read them, and they work like magic.
thought this book would help me with my five year old, and it
has, but to my surprise it has also been a huge help with
parenting my twelve year old. We stopped playing a few years
back, and we haven't been able to pick up the thread of that
close connection we used to have. Playful Parenting gives me
hope and specific strategies.
book finally answered for me some questions that have puzzled me
for years. Why does my daughter have a huge meltdown at the end
of a great day? Why does my son have to win at checkers every
single time? How can I get the two of them to play without
hurting each other?
have been very different at home since the Playful Parenting
workshop. We play more, and we play more happily, than we have
in a long time.
* I never
in a million years thought I'd be running around on the floor on
all fours pretending to be a dog, and I certainly never thought
I would enjoy it. My husband has always been the playmate in our
family, not me, but Playful Parenting helped me figure out that
I can play to. My son's endless giggles, (and my own) made it
all worth it.
parenting books and lectures make parents feel bad about all the
mistakes we've made. Larry's talk made me feel proud to be a
parent and able to playfully make a big difference in the lives
of my children.
* I have a
large family (eight children), and when Larry suggested that my
husband or I have PlayTime one-on-one with each one, I thought
he was nuts. But we figured out how to make the time for it, and
it has been wonderful. The idea of following each child's lead,
and playing the way they wanted to play, was especially useful.
They didn't just need more attention, they needed us to play
with them on their terms, in their way.