Do not miss this seminal piece by Let Grow co-founder Dr. Peter Gray on the Psychology Today blog analyzing the fears preventing parents from letting their kids play. He writes: Children are designed, by nature, to spend hours per day playing with other children, independently of adults. In such play they practice all sorts of physical
School Administrator Magazine asked Let Grow's president, Lenore, to write about the spike in childhood anxiety, its impact on students, and how Let Grow's initiatives are making kids into more confident self-starters. She wrote: Lost Learning: The Age of Bubble-Wrapped Kids by Lenore Skenazy Most veteran educators, indeed most adults, fondly recall their childhoods spent playing
What a fantastic TEDx talk by Dorsa Amir, an evolutionary anthropologist who ended up studying playdates and extracurriculars the way Margaret Meade studied coming of age in Samoa. As she wrote in a Tweet: "You may think your childhood was pretty normal: you had friends your own age, learned from teachers, & played at recess.
If you're down on yourself for not doing everything "right," no matter what you feel "right" is -- cloth diapers, reading to your kids every night, no junk food -- please stop beating yourself up. As this wonderfully candid piece by Virginia Sole-Smith in Parents Magazine attests: Perfection is not only impossible, it is....well, actually
From our mailbox: I just wanted to share something that happened to us today. Our group of homeschooling moms was forced to leave the state park we were at because a 7-year-old child was lost and the responding police officers thought the remaining children were not being "properly" supervised, even though they were within our
Today's post comes from Adelia Moore, the mother of four grown sons, grandmother of five, and a clinical psychologist whose new book Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood is about the natural authority implicit in the parent-child relationship. In it she weaves together moments of family life as well as