Attachment Play

attachment play

Attachment Play: How to solve children’s behavior problems with play, laughter, and connection Paperback – March, 2013 by Aletha Jauch Solter (Author)

Attachment Play will help you solve discipline problems with children from birth to age twelve without using punishments or rewards. It delves beneath the surface of typical conflicts by addressing the underlying emotions that can lead to challenging behavior. This playful and revolutionary approach to parenting will show you how to: gain cooperation while avoiding power struggles, decrease sibling rivalry and aggressive behavior, solve homework and bedtime problems, help your children overcome fears, strengthen your connection to your children, and bring joy and laughter into your home.


“There’s a better way to reach out to your children than punishment… With a powerful message and much to consider, Attachment Play is a must for those who want to try parenting methods that don’t rely entirely on positive or negative reinforcement.”
-Midwest Book Review

“I love the book! Learn how to play your way to your child’s heart. It works better than punishment and harsh words.”
-Peter R. Breggin, MD, psychiatrist and author of numerous books including Medication Madness and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

“I love Aletha Solter’s work because she has such a profound understanding of three things: the parent-child connection, children’s emotional lives, and the power of play. Attachment Play brings this understanding to a new level.”
-Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of Playful Parenting

“With Attachment Play Aletha Solter has provided parents with another invaluable book. What I love about Solter is her creativity as well as her gentleness… This is definitely a fresh approach to parenting that is bound to raise humane adults.”
-Elaine Aron, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Child

“Aletha Solter has done it again with Attachment Play, adding to her wonderful series of books on parenting and children. She lays out the theory, but more importantly, this book is chock full of stories about parents using play to deepen connection with their children and to help them through tough spots… I like it!”
-John Breeding, Ph.D., author of The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses

“This book is a must for parents as well as all therapists who work with children.”
-Violet Oaklander, Ph.D., Gestalt therapist and author of Windows to Our Children

“In Attachment Play Aletha Solter delivers the reader directly into the heart of the child’s emotional experience. She shows with clarity how to bring joy, healing, and deep connection to some of the toughest challenges of parenting.”
-Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

Attachment Play provides solidly researched advice that will help with all sorts of discipline issues. I couldn’t recommend it more highly! It will be terrifically useful to parents, but also to therapists, educators, and health professionals. Dr. Solter’s work is a true oasis in a desert of parenting books!”
-Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., author of In Their Own Way

“The strategies Dr. Solter presents will help many, many parents use playtime to address concerns and form warm, productive, and lasting bonds with their children.”
-Maria Chesley Fisk, Ph.D., author of Teach Your Kids to Think

About the Author

Aletha Solter is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist living in Southern California. She studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Geneva, Switzerland, where she earned a Master’s Degree in human biology. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. She is the founder of the Aware Parenting Institute, an international organization with certified instructors in many countries.

Product details

Does your kid stress you out?

ByRational is goodon May 23, 2015

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Does your kid’s behavior sometimes, or maybe often, stress you out? Push your buttons? Try your patience? Or otherwise concern you? If so, I cannot recommend this brilliant book – which concerns simple, joyful methods for getting at root causes of troublesome behavior – strongly enough.

Aletha Solter’s methods resolve troublesome, difficult, or challenging behavior in a deep and lasting way (something “time outs,” for example, do not accomplish); strengthen a mutual, loving bond between you and your child; and prevent your child from developing emotional problems, which may potentially be life-long.

It’s quite a feat, actually (and it’s backed up by research).

*Attachment Play* is divided into three parts:

— Part 1 includes an introduction to attachment play and general guidelines to keep in mind while using it.



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