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A Thank-You Note to My Parents

Cara McDonough | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Cara McDonough

Since I'm finally mature enough to get it, I thought I'd thank my parents for all the things that made no sense when I was young.

Child's Play Is No Joke: A Mother and Toymaker's Mission to Unplug Playtime

Mary Beth Minton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Minton

As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

Katie Hurley | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The truth is that you can't force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading.

I Have No Plans for My Kids This Summer

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Come September, my kids will be the sunburned ones with dirt under their fingernails who are a bit stupider than everybody else. Unless they are going to be judged by their ability to recite SpongeBob episodes and shoot water pistols, in which case they will totally shine.

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

Katie Hurley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Play is the most natural learning style for children. They learn from play from the very first moment they shove wooden blocks into their mouths and they continue to learn through more advanced play as they grow.

A Solution to Lessen Childhood Depression in America

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2011 | Parents
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

Today, childhood depression is on the rise in America. More than a million children have been diagnosed with depression. Alongside this rise in children's depression is the alarming decrease of free unstructured play.