This book is easy and enjoyable to read as well as making an awful lot of sense. I originally bought it a few years ago, but my two kids were very small and I was very tired and the idea of playing more just felt overwhelming. Now that they are 6 (DS) and nearly 4 (DD) and I sometimes get to sleep at nights I picked up the book again and this time devoured it.
It's brilliant to read a parenting book that shows how you can improve your relationship with your kids and make each day contain more fun and less conflict by making small manageable changes to the way you do things. Laurence Cohen talks about how important play is for children and how they use it to connect to us, to process their emotions and make sense of what happens to them. He shows why children sometimes react with defiance or by acting up and gives us a new way to respond in these situations.
I thoroughly recommend this book and have since gone on to buy one of the author's other books, The Opposite of Worry, which I am currently reading and also enjoying.