Kindergarten Teachers Speak Out for Children’s Happiness

Kindergarten teachers can see first hand the harmful effects of our education policy for young children. Will they be heard? Will common sense and compassion prevail?

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Ruby Lou and Me: Childhood in 1950

Here's to all the Ruby Lous of the world and my fervent wish that we re-create a world where Ruby Lous can do what they are designed to do--play, explore, be brave, be free.

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The Play Theory of Hunter-Gatherer Egalitarianism

Hunter-gatherers may maintain their egalitarian, highly cooperative approach to social life by deliberately nurturing their playfulness.

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Legislation and Public Policy Aimed at Restoring Childhood

In signing a bill into law, Utah Governor Herbert stated, "Responsible parents should be able to let kids be kids without constantly looking over their shoulders for approval."

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Restoring Children’s Play: Creating Places for Social Play

To enable children to play freely with others, we must create spaces safe enough for today's nervous parents, yet free from adult control. Here is a list of possibilities.

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Restoring Children’s Play: Overcoming Parental Fears

What are the misgivings and fears that prevent parents from freeing their children for independent outdoor play—and how can those fears be overcome?

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How Can We Restore Children’s Independent Outdoor Play?

Play deprivation is a tragic consequence of our over-control of children's lives. What can we do to remedy this problem? I want your ideas.

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The Many Shades of Fear-Based Parenting

The enemy of trustful parenting is fear. Here is a taxonomy and description of maladaptive, fear-based parenting styles—helicopter, snowplow, fuel-injector, tiger, and defensive.

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Children’s Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective

Children today are far more deprived of liberty than they were in decades past, and they are suffering because of that. The culprit is our ignorance, not ill will.

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The Value of Mind Wandering in Solving Difficult Problems

We sometimes solve problems best when we stop trying.

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