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Unlikely Bedfellows? Cambridge University and the Lego Company

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.09.2016 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Now, with the advent of tablets, apps and digital games, children have fewer opportunities for guided play. American parents seem to believe that technology is a boon to their children: If it has a battery, a toy must be superior to one without.

A Haunted Keira Knightley In Her Broadway Debut

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.05.2016 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Murder is never easy, rarely solves anything and almost invariably comes with disastrous side effects. For Therese Raquin, the orphaned dreamer hauntingly played by Keira Knightley in an admirable Broadway debut, it is her ruin.

5 Workaholic Rules for Staying Out of the Emergency Room

PJVIncent | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living

"When did the chest pains begin?" the ER doctor questioned. "Just a couple of hours ago. I feel like I can't breathe and I haven't done anything. I'...

The Power of Play and How to Do It

Mary Ann Johnstone | Posted 10.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Johnstone

I used to think that the idea of "play" was ridiculous for an adult. And I noticed other earnest, hardworking, middle-aged women spending their weekends with a laundry list of joyless chores while their partners jogged out the door with surfboards and tennis rackets.

The Business Case For Adult Recess

Carson Tate | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Carson Tate

New research is tapping into the relationships between play, performance, and productivity -- and showing us there may be real value to taking a break from our work to, well, go out and play.

"Fool for Love": Arianda and Rockwell Slug It Out in the Desert

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Whether we like to admit it or not, our parents follow us around all our lives, stalking our every movement and subconsciously pervading our every tho...

Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders

Lee Lee | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Lee Lee

As a parent who has dealt with the uncertainty of undiagnosed delays, my heart goes out to all parents who do not know the source of their children's sensory issues, including Ms. Hanscom. Self-blame can be the easier way to cope when the alternative is to embrace the unknowable.

When Friendship Hurts More Than It Heals

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.11.2016 | Arts
Lisa Chau

O' Save Us, St. Sophia "is both a celebration of friendship and an argument against it," explains director Sophia Lana Cohen Smith. "It's for anyone who has ever asked themselves if they should hang onto a sinking ship, or if they should cut ties."

'Why Do I Apologize For My Child When He Acts Like a Kid In Public?'

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Why do parents expect their kids to behave like adults when they are in the presence of other adults? It makes no sense. Kids are supposed to be playing and expecting to delight people. This gives them confidence and is developmentally on target. Why expect anything else?

I Want Mama

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

You are in pain and you do feel deep loss, but it goes under and is hidden and not accessible when it is not answered or comforted. You become depressed. Social skills and development become delayed and hope is hard to keep. Resiliency exists, but we can't rely on it alone.

This Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Your Health Today

Quiet Revolution | Claire Diaz-Ortiz | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

This week, I’ve been learning about play. It all started when I read a book called, well, Play. Or rather, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the ...

Legacy Writing: The Value of Play #110

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

Reflection In a sling for six weeks this spring, I had lots of time to reflect on my life and what I want my legacy to be. One of the things I t...

The Butterfly-Plagued Dystopian Play We've Been Waiting For

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 08.20.2016 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There is more to Mercury Fur than the revulsion it creates. Ridley has brought the outrages of our time closer to home and cast a flashlight on where they could lead.

Want A New Approach To Racism?

Tina Lifford | Posted 08.18.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Looking through the lens of systematic oppression, hundreds of years in the making, it is easy to surmise that there is no end in sight to our historical predicament. However, this is not the lens through which I see.

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Event and The Power of Imagination

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

What better gift could we give to poor children who live in challenging settings all over the be in the moment perfectly free and without anxiety...laughing and creating from within their minds and souls, and being purely original and unique.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

A Childhood Crisis of Technological Proportions

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.31.2016 | Parents
Naphtali Hoff

The fact that we have developed this tablet dependency, however real, does trouble me. Technology offers many wonderful benefits, no doubt. But research is replete with data that continues to underscore the damaging effects of technology on relationship building, attention spans, and our ability to think and play creatively.


Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 07.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

"This is going to be hard" "This is going to 'suck'" "I'm going to have a terrible time" "I'm dreading going to work" Sound familiar? When we a...

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 3)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 07.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D Jay Kumar, Ph.D. Your brain craves more downtime! We all know the benefits of what a relaxing summer vacation can do to rechar...

Playing With Your First Versus Your Second Baby

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

If you have more than one child, you know that you're a bit more... laid back with the second. And if you have three or more, I bet you don't even know where your youngest is right now. Sometimes you even forget they're on your breast when you nurse them. Then you stand up, and -- oops! Sorry, baby! Anyway, here's some differences between the games you play with your first and your second kids.

Playing the Way Towards Creative Success

Karen Musey | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Karen Musey

I believe that everyone has their own kind of creativity, regardless of job or lifestyle. Creativity has endless forms and ways of expression. It brings out our problem solver. When stress or life or you name it interferes, we become more limited in our ability to innovate and be our best.

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School. As a clinical psychologist and forensic expert in sp...

Essentials for Urban Moms : Part Two

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post via the blog on essentials for urban moms. As I was becoming a new mom myself, I found that while living in an urban space like NYC, there were many factors involved.

Come Out to Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.19.2016 | Impact
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Darell Hammond

"Go outside and play; just be home before dark!" Sound familiar? It's a line that encapsulates our own childhood, when the hours after school and just before dinner were ours for the taking.

5 Reasons Why Play Needs to Be a Part of a Happy Life

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

Last summer Thom and I rented a condo in Rosarito, Mexico. For a month we enjoyed the temperate climate, mixed up our routine, spent time outdoors, a...