For kids, failure is a critical ingredient in success

Failure is a critical ingredient in success, especially for kids. If that statement seems counter-intuitive or even contradictory, it’s time for you to check out Jessica Lahey’s wonderful book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. The Gift of Failure focuses on the benefits of letting kids … More For kids, failure is a critical ingredient in success

Playtime’s Over!

Playtime’s over, kids! Bossy adults have all but killed it, replacing traditional free play with organized sports, extracurricular activities, and myriad ‘teachable moments’ designed to build a better child. Over the past fifty years, the time kids spend in free play has declined dramatically, with the greatest losses occurring in the past few decades. From 1981 to … More Playtime’s Over!

Avoiding Risk Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid’s Health

In last week’s blog post, Parenting is Risky Business, I wrote about the dangers of using “risk” as a criterion for determining child neglect: risk is subjective, and parenting involves weighing and taking risks all the time. Of course, parents want to shield their children from harm. But in the past few decades, has this desire morphed … More Avoiding Risk Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid’s Health

Kids Need Their Freedom – Just Like in the Past!

Let Them Go! [Sung to the tune of Frozen’s “Let It Go”] The streets are quiet and empty, not a child to be seen. They’re all in isolation, just staring at a screen. Supervised activities, when they’re even allowed outside. Shouldn’t keep them in, they need the exercise. Don’t let them climb. Don’t let them … More Kids Need Their Freedom – Just Like in the Past!

When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime – The Washington Post

    When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime – The Washington Post. By Danielle Meitiv February 13, 2015 Danielle Meitiv lives in Silver Spring. We all want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and successful, and we want to protect them from harm. But … More When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime – The Washington Post