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In Defense of Doing Nothing This Summer

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

When summer is over, they may not have acquired skills that a camp or a new class might have taught them but they will have become experts in making do with what they have. Perhaps, a few years from now, they will look back fondly on their first summer of indolence and sigh longingly.

7 Ridiculous Park Rules I Don't Make My Kids Follow

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

There are certain things that belong to just me: My cell phone. My wallet. My underwear. I'm not sharing these things with random people I meet at the park. Why should I force my children to share their prized possessions with kids they just met?

The Best Gifts I Can Give My Children To Ensure Their Success

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It was under the tree house where my siblings and I would play restaurant, serving up birdseed soup and mud pies. It was in the big red barn that we would play hide-and-seek. It was on the tire swing where we would shout out made-up songs. It was on the screened-in porch where I spent hours filling notebooks with story ideas. We drank from the outdoor water pump after spending a day playing mermaids and Marco Polo in the swimming pool. We would make bouquets out of my mom's flowers and ride bikes up and down the big hill, stopping by the apple trees for a snack.

The Overscheduled Kid: EASY Method to Figure Out What Activities To Do

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

There is a great way to figure out what activities you should do with your kid. It even comes with an easy acronym. Remember my LMAO Parenting Technique? I love acronyms. Anyway, in this case, the acronym is: EASY.

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

South Carolina single mom Debra Harrell allowed her daughter to play at a popular park for three days this summer. This was after the girl's laptop was stolen and she didn't want to just sit at mom's job -- McDonald's -- all day. A "Good Samaritan" saw the girl unsupervised and called 911.

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Katie Hurley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Katie Hurley

A current trend in classroom management is to hold kids in from recess as a means of disciplinary action. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that kids need recess. They need to decompress, burn off energy and socialize.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Power of Construction Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

The world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, wrote in his autobiography, "The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the world."

Dr. Toy's Rx for Playful Spontaneity

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.

Play Time Contributes to Success of Success Academy

Megan Rosker | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Megan Rosker

While the media likes to run story after story about the drama of Success Academy's legal battles, quietly, day after day, in well-maintained and orderly classrooms, kids are learning. That is the story I would like to share.