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6 Reasons Playdates Are Good For Moms

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Yes, playdates are fabulous opportunities for your child to learn social skills and make new friends, but there are also many benefits for mom as well.

Exercise vs. Play

Zach Dean | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Playful people are present in the moment, enjoy their lives, and are not bound to the rigidity of broken social structure. Their way of being leads to meaningful connection, fulfillment, and sparks positive change in our world.

Betting On Teens In Wearable Tech

Carrie Yury | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Tapping into and extending imagination, and engaging social behavior, wearable technology for teens could have a huge impact on the teen-focused gaming and entertainment industries.

Chautauqua Theater Company Premieres The May Queen, an Inspired Tragicomedy

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Under the astute leadership of Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Resident Director (and former co-Artistic Director) Ethan McSweeny, CTC has offering poignant and provocative, expertly-written new plays alongside riveting interpretations of such classics as Shakespeare's Macbeth, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and more.

Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC This Season: Part One

Jane Seo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

While Broadway shows and musicals often top the list of must-do activities for visitors and New Yorkers alike, smaller scale and sometimes underrated Off-Broadway shows are making a heat wave this summer.

10 Reasons Why Being A Boy In The '80s Was The Best

Beau Coffron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The '80s epitomized great (and a few not so great) clothing styles. The shorts left little to the imagination, but kids today don't appreciate the natural air conditioning these provided.

Hedgehog Gets Tickled... You're Welcome

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy

Prepare yourselves for the serious cuteness that is a hedgehog tickled pink. In this Vine, our favorite hedgehog, Marutaro, comes out of his shell ...

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.

How Queen Victoria Spared You the Agony

Todd Buchholz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Buchholz

Whenever someone tells you that the modern economy makes people miserable and that people felt just as happy generations ago, ask the following questi...

Speak 180: Why Is Game-Based Learning Good for Today's Youth?

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

Researchers and educators have stated that we can create engaging academic learning experiences through the power of games. While the sentiment is growing, there are still those who aren't quite buying this argument.

Interview With Louise Munson, Playwright of Luigi

Teddy Wayne | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Teddy Wayne

I spoke with Munson about her new work, a story of poetry, memories and the intergenerational connection of family.

Why You Should Go Play After Reading This -- A Q&A With Kevin Carroll

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

What is play to you? Is it something you haven't done in years? Has the hustle and bustle of life caused the world of play to become unfamiliar territ...

Little Things: Boy and Ball at Brighton Beach

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
A.J. Condeelis

I extend my arm and he drops a pile of sticks, sand, broken shells, seaweed, and what looks like straw into my open hand. Admiring the offering, I smile and close my hand gently around his gift and give him a wink as I walk towards the boardwalk.

It May Just Be Time to Unlock Your Inner Kid!

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The antidote to this shame is joy, and I believe that this joy can be found in play. As we all know, joy can never be held in or tethered -- it can only live if we release it, and it is within this release that my freedom will be found.

Why I'm Breaking up With Busy

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Busy has replaced the luxury car, the sprawling home or the designer handbag as the status symbol of the moment.

It's Time to Get Your Play On

Charles Sophy, D.O. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Charles Sophy, D.O.

I'm not asking you to live stress-free, as that's not a reasonable request. I'm simply asking you to constructively direct that stress or excess energy. This could be a form of exercise or a hobby.

Play Is in Our DNA

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

Just as every cell in your body contains the DNA of a whole new you and complete new life, every strand of DNA in every cell of every other living thing contains in it a fresh start and a new beginning.

Does Play Matter?

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

What if we told you that the answer to helping your kids thrive was to play with them? What if we told you that if you just played with them and talked to them about everyday household objects -- nothing fancy, no spinning and blinking electronic toys -- your child would succeed despite the odds?

Yes, You Can Be a Good Dad (Even if You Didn't Have One)

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Children of divorce can grow up to be good partners and mothers and fathers. It doesn't necessarily come naturally. It may take extra time, attention and focus. But going about making successful family relationships is a skill that can be learned.

Playing with Akka

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.06.2014 | Huffpost Code

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Henry Nissenbaum, The Huffington Post's Director of Engineering participated in TypeSafe's first-annual Play All Day. Play All D...

3 Ways To Work Less And Enjoy Life More This Summer

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even if you can't head home at noon every day, how much more fun would you have with a few extra hours per week? This isn't shooting for the moon, people -- it's very, very possible, and quite simple. If you were more efficient at the office, you'd have more time to enjoy the season.

Screen-Free Week 2014: Look What's Possible!

Susan Linn | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Ever wonder what kids would do with that time if they powered down? On May 5-11, thousands of children around the world took a break from digital entertainment and celebrated Screen-Free Week.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Why Do Helicopter Parents Loosen Up at Campgrounds?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of any of the following fears: crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework... or all of the above. Except at RV campgrounds.

Summertime = Pause + Play

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

We ask our children to press "play" when we need to prepare for the pool (e.g.,generously applying sunblock, consistently fastening a lifejacket, patiently walking towards the pool, etc.) and to press "pause" when they potentially may get too excited.