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  • Keywords
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    • parent-child activities,
    • parenting skills,
    • parent-child bonding,
    • play therapy,
    • child raising book,
    • child-directed play

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Play Skills for Parents
Connecting With Your Child Through Play
by Kathy Eugster

Most parents and caregivers know playing with their child is beneficial. What can feel much less clear, however, is just how to go about engaging in playtime. Here to dispel any feelings of uncertainty and anxiety around this subject is Play Skills for Parents. This informative yet easy-to-read guide to parent-child play is based on research in developmental psychology and parent-child relationships, as well as author Kathy Eugster’s over twenty years of experience in counselling and play therapy (not to mention her experience as a parent and grandparent herself!). Play Skills for Parents goes beyond merely listing potential play activities. Instead, Eugster highlights nine essential skills for facilitating parent-child play, thoroughly explains why, when, and how to use each skill, and provides an abundance of examples showing each skill in action. In addition, Eugster guides parents and caregivers through: • How play can foster healthy child development and strengthen the parent-child relationship • How to engage in child-led and parent-led play • Why child-led play can especially enhance a child’s development • Numerous examples of types of play activities, including calming activities for emotional regulation • How to set up play areas for different types of playtime • How the playtime skills can be applied in other life activities • And more! Perfect for any parent or caregiver of children ages three to ten, Play Skills for Parents won’t just bolster your confidence and communication skills during playtime—it will give you a new appreciation for this special time spent with your child.

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Kathy Eugster (MA, Counselling Psychology) has worked in counselling and therapy for over twenty years, including as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors; Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy; and child and family therapist with family service agencies and in private practice. In 2013, she won the Monica Herbert Award from the Canadian Association for Play Therapy for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada. She is now retired from clinical practice but continues to support parents and caregivers with books and articles on parent-child play. Kathy lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her partner Neil and their dog Jasmine. She enjoys spending time in nature and with animals, and loves to spend time with her family, which includes three grown children and four young grandchildren. Kathy’s many happy hours spent playing with her children and grandchildren helped inspire this book. You can find more from Kathy on her website, Pacific Spirit Play Resources (, where she offers an e-newsletter, blog posts on parent-child play activities supporting healthy child development and caregiver-child relationships, and more.


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