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At a time when millions of kids are prescribed mind-interrupting pharmaceuticals, over-scheduled with activities, and bubble-wrapped to protect them from life's hard edges, it turns out there's one thing kids need more than anything else: time outdoors. As in, unstructured,...
In case you missed it, The Atlantic recently ran a piece on that unique form of middle school torture better known as PE (or phys ed class). Far from relying on anecdotal tales of psychotic gym teachers, playground bullies,...
Anxious, obese, depressed, incapable, narcissistic, fragile. Just some of the terms being used to describe many of today's young people. Concerned by such reports, conscientious parents (aka helicopter parents) vow to work even harder to help their kids avoid...
A new study shows that kids with so-called fat genes need not suffer that fate so long as they adopt a variety of lifestyle changes, a radical departure from the doom and gloom thinking that for so long has...
Rare is the parent who isn't at least a little nervous about their kids fitting in. We worry about them feeling isolated, disconnected, lonely. They don't need to be popular; just not social outcasts. As adults, it's easy to empathize...
Research into the effects of concussions on children's brains is urging longer waiting periods for healing, while also allowing kids to return to normal activities sooner. The key, say experts, is for parents to respect these findings lest their...
A growing number of kids around the world are being seriously injured or even dying, often within eyesight or earshot of their parents. The problem: mom are dad are too absorbed in their digital screens to notice. Talk about your...
"The opposite of play isn't work," said Brian Sutton-Smith. "It's depression." Which may help to explain why, in an era when play is being stripped from children's lives, a growing number of kids are self-reporting unusually high levels of anxiety and...
It's shaped liked a slick, high-tech device that cooks up nicotine-laced juices with playful names more commonly found in ice cream shops. The resulting aerosol tastes like gummi bears, bubble gum, or a thousand other fun flavors, is easy...
Yes, some good news for parents even if it's also perhaps a bit embarrassing: turns out your kids are better than you at delaying gratification. This revelation runs counter to what most adults think, particularly in an era of smartphones,...

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