Giveaway: Playful Parenting (Paperback or CD) $19 ARV CLOSED

January 8th, 2011 by Dionna | 163 Comments
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This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the winner announcement. Thank you all so much for entering!

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

Play 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 every day 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:


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!)

MAIN ENTRY: Visit Playful Parenting and sign up for Dr. Cohen’s e-newsletter! Let us know you’ve signed up for the newsletter by leaving a comment below.

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

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!

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so we can count them all):

  • Check out one of Dr. Cohen’s articles online and tell us which one you like the most and why.
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  • Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook. You can use this text as a status update: Enter to win a copy of Playful Parenting and learn how to nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, and encourage confidence. Via @Code Name: Mama and @Natural Parents Network! {1.29, US/Can.} (Be sure to attach the post’s link to your update:
  • Tweet about this giveaway (up to 3 times total, at least 24 hours apart). Tweet this text: Enter to #win a copy of Playful #Parenting via @CodeNameMama & @NatParNet! {1.29, US/Can}


  • Contest open to United States and Canada street mailing addresses only.
  • Contestants may enter at either or, but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
  • Leave each entry as a separate comment so we can count them all.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let us know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one.
  • We will pick the winner through after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let me know: CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com

Contest closes January 29, 2011 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.


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

163 Responses to:
"Giveaway: Playful Parenting (Paperback or CD) $19 ARV CLOSED"

  1. Sasha

    I liked Natural Parents Network on facebook.

  2. Jill Smyth   jillsmyth

    Wow, so – the newsletter? Already a win. Like there aren’t going to be little nuggets of goldenness coming through there.

  3. Jill Smyth   jillsmyth

    Followed the lovely, @codenamemama – For the win!

  4. Melinda J

    I signed up for the newsletter! :)

  5. Melinda J

    and I follow you via RSS. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Amy

    I signed up for Dr Cohen’s newsletter.

  7. Amy

    I already subscribe to you via RSS.

  8. Amy

    I “liked” you on FB.

  9. This is totally my favorite parenting book, too. I didn’t know about his newsletter so I signed up right away. Thanks!

  10. Liked NPN FB page… only thing I haven’t done yet, except the entirity of twitter. not going there. (yet?)

  11. Great article on LISTENING! Very true that few of us actually listen whole heartedly. I have a circle of women I meet with that uses a talking stick. Our undivided attention is given to the woman with the talking stick and we’re not allowed to talk back until she are completely finished and ready to accept feedback if she gives permission for feedback at all. It really helps us to focus on that person and open up the way she needs us to. As a speaker it helps me to focus on what I really need to be talking about and dive deeper into something more healing and honest. I do believe this would be a good tool to use and apply to listening anywhere and anytime, without a “talking stick.”

  12. Jen

    I signed up for the newsletter!
    With a three year old and almost one year old I think this book could be very useful!

  13. Jen

    I just subscribed to your blog, something I have been meaning to do or a while!

  14. Jennifer   ForbesWalker

    I have signed up for Dr. Cohen’s e-newsletter. His book is on my list of must-reads!

  15. Jennifer   ForbesWalker

    I already subscribe to Code Name: Mama via Google Reader.

  16. Jennifer   ForbesWalker

    I already subscribe to NPN via Google Reader.

  17. Jennifer   ForbesWalker

    I like Code Name: Mama on Facebook.

  18. Jennifer   ForbesWalker

    I like NPN on Facebook.

  19. shelby brigham

    signed up for newsletter

  20. just signed up. i’m so interested to read this book.

  21. i follow you on twitter

  22. and i follow NPN on twitter too

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