Tipping the Scales of Child Sexual Abuse

“Predators aren't just strangers. They can be highly educated. They can be very well-respected in the community. It could be a family member, it...

Boys Will Be (Real) Boys

A few weeks ago, a friend stumbled across a picture of her 10-year-old son and his younger cousin that threw her for a loop. While...

Short Film about Playground Inclusion wins International Acclaim

All kids want to play. Kids with disabilities are no different. “Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian,...

Risk, Fear, and Freedom: a Plea to Parents

Children hunger for a taste of freedom. They are strongly driven to get to grips with the people, places and things around...

In Defense of Play: What Will it Take to Get Parents,...

The first time I taught a course on play, I used the term Play Defenders. I told my students, as future early childhood educators,...

Recess Is More Than Just Child’s Play

Recess is in distress. That all-important chance to refresh mind and body in the middle of a stressful school day is in danger of...

Time for a Game Changer: Playgrounds Fight to Stay Relevant to...

Stroll through your local playground on a summer day and take note of what’s missing: swings, seesaws, jungle gyms, and, all too often, children. Whether...

The Importance of Small World Play for Toddlers!

If, like most parents of younger children, you want toys which inspire imaginative creative play while facilitating learning and development for growing...

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...

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today,...

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