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Empowering Pranks for Kids

Snow Play, Imagination, and Empowerment for Kids Did you ever do this as a kid? Stomp your way through the snow with your heels close together and your toes pointing out so the tracks you made with your boots looked like the track of a tractor? My brother and I once walked painstakingly allllll the

When Playtime Goes Bad… It’s Good

  When Playtime Goes Bad Ever had one of those days when the kids just can’t seem to get along? Or the kids are playing in a way that you feel is simply too rough? Or they are playing in what seems to be a ‘mean’ or ‘unkind’ way with their toys? Well guess what?

Random Acts of Play

The other day I was doing stuff in the living room and I turned around to see my 9-year-old had engaged in a random act of play and drawn this (see above) on the blanket we keep over our couch. Wow. Pretty cool. Do you catch your kids at random acts of play? This weekend,

What to Buy Your Kids for Christmas: Unscripted Toys

Wondering what to buy your kids for Christmas? What are the best toys for kids this year? What will bring out the best in them and make them geniuses? It’s an easy answer, but one that might surprise you. (As well as save you some mullah, mullah, mullah.) The answer: Unscripted toys. Say what? What

Destination Imagination: A Team Leader Interview

It’s Back to School and Extracurricular Time! The other day I met someone whose role embodies free play, independence fostering, and all sorts of wonderful things we never really take time to think about but are instrumental in developing the skills we value in our future leaders. Her name is Christine Berman and she is

Lenore Skenazy is Not Crazy

[divider] You may have heard about Lenore Skenazy’s (Author of Free Range Kids) latest Free Range Parenting Ploy: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids. And a lot of people are calling her crazy. But before we get into that, let me share exactly what her program will offer as a benefit to your kids. The

Double Dare: Do Something Scary

Got your Scaredy Pants on? How about swapping them for some Brave Pants this weekend? I Double Dare and Triple Dog Dare You To Do Something “Scary” With Your Kids I was emailing with Lenore Skenazy (one of my heroes in parenting and a woman I admire greatly) today and she noted that I had