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Reading, Playing and Bonding With Children Staves Off Violence, Study Finds

Reading your child a book may stop them from being violent. Credit: Getty Images Want to take extra measures to prevent your kid from growing up to be a bully? Try reading him a book or taking him to the playground for some parent-chil...Study shows bonding with mom can also raise a kid's IQ.

Parents Find Playing With Kids 'Boring,' and Kids Know It

Does family game night bore you to tears? Credit: .A.A., Flickr
If you fear your head may explode if you have to play one more board game or build yet another village out of blocks, you're not alone. A new survey commissioned by Disneyland...

Hopscotch Voted Best Playground Game Ever

While too many schools today are nixing recess for more hours in the classroom, most of us grownups have oh-so fond memories of those 20 minutes each day on the playground. It was a time to let loose and have some fun, fun, fun. I remember anxiously ...

DailyDish - Resolve to Play

Take a cue from your kids and resolve to play more this coming year!...

Toy Hall of Fame honors the stick

The National Toy Hall of Fame is a repository of great toys that generations of children have enjoyed. Since 1998, the best of the best as selected by historians, educators and others have been proudly displayed at the Strong National Museum of Play ...

Playing not just for kids

In case you were not aware, or perhaps if you forgot, playing is not just for children. And, children aren't playing as much as they should be. At least so perhaps thinks Stuart Brown, President of the National Institute for Play. Brown created the ...

An honest response

I was in the shower when I heard someone outside the bathroom at the top of the stairs. It sounded like someone playing with the still-in-the-box presents put there to be opened in due time. I looked out (our bathroom has a glass door) and, sure enou...

Playing with your kids is not necessary?

A while back, a close family member expressed the opinion that my husband shouldn't be down on the floor playing dolls with Ellie. She felt this was not only a waste of my husband's time, but potentially harmful for Ellie. Her reasoning had something...

Adjusting to the lazy days of summer

Ellie and I are in the second week of our first ever stay-at-home summer vacation. In the past, I worked full time outside of the house and Ellie attended pre-school or day care in the summer months. This year, we are hanging out together with all th...

Are you your child's playmate?

Ellie is an only child. Other than two cats and a dog, she's the only little one in the house. Because she has no siblings, I have always tried to teach her the importance of enjoying her own company. Even if she had a live-in playmate, I still think...

When your toddler pretends to shoot

I learned that my gentle, sensitive twenty-month old baby boy was pretending to shoot a guns the other day at his day home. More accurately, he was shooting green lego and pretending it was a firing device. This is not permissible at his day home, n...

Using playing cards to teach numbers

Little Man Nate's a little over a month away from his second birthday and he's counting up a storm. He gets to nine before he reverts back to seven. The kid's a genius! The other day he clambered up towards the shelf that houses the board games and p...

Blogging baby book: playing together

Now that my youngest son is eight-and-a-half months, I'm starting to get impatient. I want him to start playing with his big brother and give me little peace already! But, coincidentally, three-and-a-half seems to be an age that carries a lot of need...

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