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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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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 Age Four Transition to Responsible Childhood

Throughout human history, until very recently, people understood that the capacity for common sense, restraint, and self-controlled safety grows rather rapidly at around age 4.

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Parents: It Doesn’t Matter What College Your Kids Attend

In the United States, almost anyone who wants to can get into college, and research shows it doesn't usually matter, in the long run, which college one goes to.

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How Schools Thwart Passions

“Follow your passion” is what almost every commencement speaker tells new graduates. It’s almost cruel.

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Toddlers Want to Help and We Should Let Them

Researchers have found that very young children innately want to help, and they will continue helping into adulthood.

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How We Deprive Children of the Physical Activity They Need

Trips to the park and adult-organized sports do not, and cannot, remedy the health problems caused by today's restrictions on children's freedom to play.

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Libraries as Centers for Self-Directed Education

We have two types of publicly supported institutions whose purpose is education—schools and libraries. One tries to mold us; the other tries to respond to our needs..

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