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Teens are not tots.

Teens Can Do More than We Think

. As we ease our way into 2016, let’s consider it The Year of the Can-Do Kid, reminding ourselves that children are capable of much more than society assumes. It’s not a bad impulse that makes us want to help our kids. No one wants to see kids hurt or harmed. But our societal obsession […]

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Help! Hellllllp!

Why Are Kids So “Bad” at Playing Tag?

Occupational therapist Angela Hanscom is founder of the New England nature-based program TimberNook, and author of a bunch of fascinating articles, including “Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still in School Today.” Her latest piece is about how we’re inadvertently depriving children of the opportunity to learn how to use their muscles, which leads them […]

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Why would a boy hang out with someone my age?

Why Is That Old Man Hanging Out with That Kid at The Museum?

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story about what happened when an old man started to hang out with a boy he met at the museum. Can you imagine this unfolding the same way today? When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the […]

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Was this Footage FAKED? Children Walk on EARTH!

Love this video that I snagged from The Atlantic (thanks to old pal Peter Rabinowitz!). As I like to point out at talks I give: In my day, there was “arrival” at school, and “dismissal.” Now it’s “drop off” and “pick up” — as if the kids have become FedEx packages. – L

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Boy, 10, crosses bridge on bike.

Boy, 10, Bikes 20 Miles into NYC. Arrest the Parents?

Did you hear about the 10-year-old who rode his bike across the George Washington Bridge to New York City?! He says he, “pedaled twenty miles down unfamiliar roads and busy streets, past neighbors and strangers, out into the unknown….I didn’t need help form anyone. It took me all day, but I found the way and did […]

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