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How We Deprive Children of the Physical Activity They Need

Monitoring, structuring, and protecting reduce children’s activity and health. Most of my writing about children’s free play has been about the mental health benefits (e.g. here), but in this essay, I’m concerned with the physical health benefits. Children are designed, … Continue reading

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Children Separated From Parents

What consequences would a parent face if they forced their own child to live in a cage? Their actions would be considered child abuse and neglect, and such conduct is condemned by our institutions! Child Endangerment refers to an act … Continue reading

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The Good Enough Parent Is the Best Parent

If we define parenting as caregiving to one’s child, then the best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. That’s the parent … Continue reading

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Emotionally invested parents give children a leg up in life

Children with emotionally invested parents are more likely to be successful, a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows. Looking at 27 children aged between four and six, the study examined the quality of the emotional bond to their parents, … Continue reading

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Playing with your Children: Should You, and If So, How?

If you Google around the Internet with such search phrase as “playing with children,” you will find lots of experts telling you how important parent-child play is for both parties. They describe it as a way for you to bond … Continue reading

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Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load

Family life is changing, and so, too, is the role mothers and fathers play at work and at home. As more mothers have entered the workforce in the past several decades, the share of two-parent households in which both parents … Continue reading

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Are your Parents to blame for your psychological problems?

Psychologist Sigmund Freud famously proposed that our personal development is pretty much determined by events in our early childhood. While many of his ideas are now outdated, some modern psychological theories also suggest that childhood experiences play an important role … Continue reading

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How can Parents nurture Resilience in their Children?

My focus on the themes of hope and resilience arose from my interest in the area of self-esteem in children, as well as from the questions parents asked me. When I began to address the concept of self-esteem, many parents, … Continue reading

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The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It

Children learn the most valuable lessons with other children, away from adults. I don’t want to trivialize the roles of adults in children’s lives, but, truth be told, we adults greatly exaggerate our roles in our theories and beliefs about how … Continue reading

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What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call “parenting” is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multi-billion dollar industry surrounding it have … Continue reading

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