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Couples That Play Together, Stay Together

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

In his book Play, psychiatrist Stewart Brown says that play is key to keeping relationships from hardening into drudgery. But once you're coupled up and having regular discussions about who did the dishes last, play may not come as easily.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.

4 of Play's Lesser-Known Benefits

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

You probably already know that playing makes you smarter, more creative and happier. But if that research hasn't convinced you, consider the following.

Jamaica, Farewell Thrills Audiences at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

A thrill ride from beginning to end, with equal parts suspense and laughter, Jamaica, Farewell has been captivating audiences worldwide for five years and returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse on November 9.

Bully Me No More

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Lee's energy is so positive, energetic and even ebullient that it's hard to imagine his life being anything but charmed. So when he revealed that this play was inspired by his 6th grade diary entries, I was more than shocked.

Tomboy Mom Wrestles With Roughhousing

Jennifer Dorr | Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Dorr

It turns out roughhousing is socially, cognitively, and physically essential for children. It incorporates fantasy and physicality, and as play, it helps children acquire cognitive flexibility.

Let My Daughter Roughhouse

Lyz Lenz | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

I can't stop people from telling their children that girls don't run, yell, punch or get rowdy. But I wish I could.

In Defense of Play

Zahra Ebrahim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts
Zahra Ebrahim

Everyone loves to play. How many of us have listened to guilty confessions from friends and family who sneak off for "bathroom visits" to finish a game of online scrabble?

Brilliant Scholar Didn't Regret Losing His Mind

Marie Marley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

We often refer to such people as "walking encyclopedias," but Ed was far more. Ed was a walking library.

'Grace': When Faith Isn't Enough

Danny Groner | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

Thanks to stellar acting from his small cast portraying complex characters, Grace is saved. Paul Rudd may lead the way, but his character Steve is actually the least complex of them all.

Resident Evil 6 -- Live Commentary From SeaNanners and Voice Star Matthew Mercer (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

YouTuberSeaNanners brings his famous gaming commentary live to the What's Trending studio while answering fan questions and guiding me through Residen...

Boys Flying High: Why Adults Should Play

Bob Brody | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York
Bob Brody

Play could turn out to be powerful therapy. It might even be exactly the kind of health care reform the doctor ordered.

A Quest for the Perfect Sleepaway Camp

Wendy Sachs | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Wendy Sachs

From rural Maine to the Berkshires, at summer's peak you can spot them -- swarms of SUV's pulling out of roadside motels and quaint B&B's -- packed with "camp tourists" with kids in tow.

3 Signs You're A Creative Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Having the authority to open your mind in a designated area gives you both the freedom to imagine and the boundaries of knowing that whatever you dream up or create does not need to be subjected to the rules of reason that govern the rest of the world.

5 Easy Tips to Connect with Nature and the World During the 2012 Olympics -- and Beyond

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Imagine if the children of leaders from Iran, North Korea, the United States and Cuba could meet in a park far away from political posturing and just play outside.

Livestreamed OP Shakespeare Performance by International Cast

Beth Burns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Beth Burns

"Ambitious" is a word that gets used a lot in describing the Hidden Room's production of Rose Rage. We get it. It is ambitious, no doubt, and also it was kind of inevitable.

The 4-Letter Word That Will Change Your Life

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

How does something that is so vital at one point in life suddenly become considered irrelevant at another?

Designing Children's Play in the Digital Age

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

There are two ways to design play for children in the digital age, especially if your game is products that you want parents to buy to support the learning and development of their children. You can either: guess or observe.

Clybourne Park: Race to the Finish

Danny Groner | Posted 09.19.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

Although it stretches over a 50-year period and introduces a whole set of new characters at the midway point, Clybourne Park stays true to its themes and forces you to consider just how far we've come after all.

May We Stay Forever Young

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Fifty
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

We can be as young as we choose to be -- perhaps not in every way and not all the time, but deep down and where it matters the most.

Why Is August Wilson's Work Relevant Now?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Jitney, set in the '70s, seems on its surface to be specific and limited in scope, revolving around the lives of black men working at a 'jitney' or 'gypsy' car service in the city, but its themes are universal.

Restoring Our Nature: Kids in the Wild

Brenda Peterson | Posted 08.14.2012 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Our children can navigate the Web, and if we give them back their natural birthright, they can also navigate the woods and the beaches. One Green Hour a day -- maybe that's all it takes to restore not only our kids, but also our habitats.

'8' Reading With Pitt, Clooney Will Hit The Airwaves

AP | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — The star-studded West Coast performance of the gay marriage play "8" led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt will be heard again this mon...

Creativity: Through a Psychological Lens

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

Creativity is rooted in the complexity of the capacity to play. The capacity for play emanates and radiates from a sense of safety, an internalize...

45 Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

I refuse to let another "must," "ought" or "should" prevent me from savoring this brief window of opportunity that I have to enjoy time with my only-young-once daughters.