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Make Believe

Don't Let Your Kids Be 'Spooked' by Media This Halloween

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Rachel Busman, PsyD

"Scary" anything -- especially when it's blaring out of every piece of technology in the house, from iPads, computers, TVs and iPhones to radios -- should be reserved for older eyes and ears.

Let the Children Play

Carla Molina | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I let them play because when they're my age and think back to being little people, I want them to remember days of endless playing, of made-up worlds and drunken laughter.

Why We All Need a Little Magic in Our Lives

Menna van Praag | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Real life can be difficult enough, being too realistic will only make you depressed. The best way to deal with reality, in my experience, is to bring as much magic to it as possible!

The Myth of Santa

Caren Chesler | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Eddie had been saying, "San-ta! San-ta!" all week, but now that he was face-to-face with the man, he just sat there and said nothing. He didn't look particularly happy, and yet he didn't look particularly sad or frightened. He simply sat there as if Santa's lap was a chair like any other.

Is Santa Just a Big, Fat LIE?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Forget visions of sugar plums, Christmas gives me visions of future therapy sessions dancing in my head. Because someday is the not-so-distant future, I'm going to have to admit that Santa is a big, fat lie.

Why I'll Miss the Princess Aisle

Sarah Dille | Posted 02.02.2013 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I will miss the princess aisle this Christmas because it will always represent my daughter's utter innocence. Her ability to believe only in the goodness of people and life itself. It will forever represent, to me, the unshakable confidence of being four.

Why I Created Disney's Newest Princess

Craig Gerber | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Craig Gerber

I saw that my son, Miles, could use a fantasy character who was a reflection of himself --serving as a kind of magic mirror that would allow him to enjoy the fantasy while strongly identifying with the situations playing out in the show.

Big Bird And Mister Rogers Are Not Just For Kids: We Need Their Wisdom More Than Ever

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.22.2012 | TV
Ian I. Mitroff

Is anyone naïve enough to believe that any network other than PBS would run Big Bird and Mister Rogers for as long as it has? No, it's not the paltry sum of money why conservatives want to get rid of Big Bird, Mister Rogers, and PBS. It's the values for which they stand.

A Different Day, a Different Time

Ron Brounes | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Ron Brounes

When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant adjustments.

My Daughter the Fox and the Making of Children's Stories

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Parents
Davis Schneiderman

A parent's job is not only to serve as a storyteller, but also to create the conditions for the stories of children to emerge.

Breaking: Satire to Sue New Yorker

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

"Satire" -- the word and its definition -- has filed suit against The New Yorker for classifying its cartoon depiction of Barack and Michele Obama as satire.