Boys Will Be (Real) Boys

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Why Kids Need Risk, Fear, and Excitement in Play

“Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!” Concerned parents can often be heard urging safety when children are at play. Recent research suggests that this...

Why Make-Believe Play Is an Important Part of Child Development

Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part...

Absolute Power Corrupts in “The Keepers”

In this era of a White House that seems impervious to the concept of accountability, you might well think this column will be about...

Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play: Why Does It Matter?

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The Upside of Playful Risk

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The Child Sex Abuse Scandals Are All the Same and They...

The latest sex abuse scandal in the headlines paints USA Gymnastics in as bad a light as you can imagine. Indeed, it is so...

Child Sex Abuse by the Numbers: Why Sports Must Be the...

The headlines on child sex abuse have been dominated for years by issues from the Catholic Church, culminating with last year’s Oscar-winning movie, Spotlight....

Leisure Time in a Small Town

Well, in case you had notions to the contrary, I’m here to tell you that a small Danish town isn´t exactly a fountain of...

The Religious Liberty Draft Executive Order and the Risks to Children

Much has been written about the draft religious liberty executive order that was leaked. The order is so transparently anti-LGBTQ, anti-same sex marriage, and...

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