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Dr. Toy Talks About Play and Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

After many years studying and selecting toys of all kind I strongly believe the toys a child plays with can help to unlock the door to learning. Each new play experience helps to turn the key and unlock doors to experiences that influence mental, social and other aspects of the child's fullest development.

Having Trouble Reducing Anxiety? Play!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

You might strive to achieve a certain level of success in your chosen leisure activity, but the joy is truly in the doing and not in the outcome. This level of engagement is what makes it rejuvenating to your mind, body, and spirit.

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

How Much Academic Education Does Your Young Child Need?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When I evaluate 5-year-olds to see if they are ready for kindergarten, I am often asked just how much formal academics is necessary for young children

Rx for Adult Play Year Round

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stevanne Auerbach

Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.

Dr. Toy's Rx for Playful Spontaneity

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.

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?

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.

Hold On to Your Hobby Horses: Fueling the Debate on Playful Learning

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Since the time of the enlightenment, philosophers like Locke and Kant have linked play to learning. But as Lillard demonstrates, it is critical not only to do studies on the meaning and value of play, but to do them right.

The Essential Ingredient You May Be Missing For Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Incorporating just a bit more play in your life, or even changing the way your relate to playful activities that you're already doing, can have great benefits in your life. Choose to sprinkle some of this in today.

The Importance of Play

Megan Rosker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Megan Rosker

How important do you feel play is to the development and well-being of our kids?

Backyard Boys

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.30.2012 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Long before leadership courses, sensitivity training, and peer counseling, if you'll remember that you learned fairness, justice, and teamwork in our backyard.

The "Most Wanted" Toys Of 2011

AP | By MAE ANDERSON | Posted 11.27.2011 | Parents

BY MAE ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Most children love to collect things, and this year toy makers are banking on it. Taking a cue fro...

Sick Days

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I am not a germaphobe. I don't own hand sanitizer. I almost never rarely make my son wash his hands before dinner. I am convinced that the only reason he's never had lice is because I rarely shampoo his hair. I remember chicken pox parties and think they were a good thing. That's why I really hope my son's teachers aren't reading this. Because, as the new school year begins, I have to ask: Does anyone adhere to the "Don't send your kids to school sick" rule?

Is My Son's Love for Lego a Sign of an Addictive Future?

Lisa Catherine Harper | Posted 10.09.2011 | Parents
Lisa Catherine Harper

So magnetic was the attraction that we instituted a new rule: On school days, no Lego before breakfast; no Lego before getting dressed and brushing your teeth. But what if Lego is merely priming the paths of his brain, readying his synapses for something more sinister? Addiction runs along every branch of our family.

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.

My Quest to Build a Playground Within Walking Distance of Every Child

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.26.2011 | Impact
Darell Hammond

From the back of a deli in Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C., I hashed out an ambitious plan: To build a playground within walking distance of every child.

Eat, Play, Meditate

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation puts on the light in an otherwise dark room. It enables us to see through illusions and relax into our true nature.

Bullying is Much More Than Child's Play

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

With the recent outburst of cyberbullying, and teenage suicide deaths around the country, it is about time that people understand bullying is not just a kid thing.

Unplug & Recharge: The Power of Play

Denise Spatafora | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Denise Spatafora

Playing can also be seen as indulgence however it is crucial to mental creativity, health and happiness. Play lifts stress from us, refreshes us and recharges us.

Winter's Cutest Canines (VOTE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

We'll be totally honest on this one: we love seeing dogs play in snow. Something about a dog's playful nature comes especially alive in winter. Ev...