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School Play in Quarantine May. 16, 2020

Katiedid Langrock

My 7-year-old's teacher decided to put on a school play. It begins in 20 minutes. I have a problem w... Read More

Meeting at the Cosmic Study Hall Mar. 31, 2020

Horoscopes by Holiday

Mars and Saturn align in Aquarius like two serious students cramming for a test in the study hall of... Read More

Playmate Moon Jan. 07, 2020

Horoscopes by Holiday

Moon in sporting, social Gemini reminds us how we get to choose our playmates and call some circumst... Read More

Don't Trust Anyone Under (or Over) 30 Nov. 21, 2019

Lenore Skenazy

Maybe it was always thus: The older you get, the more trust you develop. That's the most positive sp... Read More

Do We Really Have to Play With Our Kids? Mar. 21, 2019

Lenore Skenazy

When our kids were toddlers, my husband vowed he was going to write a book titled "How to Play With ... Read More

A Stinky Performance Mar. 02, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: My companion and I recently went to a very popular play that had no intermission. We wer... Read More

How to Raise a College Dropout Nov. 30, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

"Thirty percent of freshmen won't return for their sophomore year," reports a piece in The New York ... Read More

We're Still All Shook Up About Elvis Oct. 04, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Elvis lives! Well, artistically, anyway. A new show about the last days of Elvis Presley is opening ... Read More

The Prescription for a Smart Child Sep. 06, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Think back to how you spent lots of sweet time as a child and there you are, playing. The fact that ... Read More

The Kids Aren't All Right Aug. 02, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Childhood anxiety is giving us anxiety. Nearly a third of American adolescents meet the criteria f... Read More

Give Your Kids More Time to Just Play Jul. 19, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

When the world's leaders gather at Davos, they talk about business, society and the future. This yea... Read More

(Really) Old-Fashioned Fun Jun. 14, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

What's as old as summer? These games. The good ones. Do your kids know them? —Hopscotch. If yo... Read More

Spies and Dolls Mar. 15, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Today's dolls are not the dolls of yesteryear. A recent article in The New York Times noted that the... Read More

What German Parents Have That American Parents Crave Feb. 22, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

"Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children," by Sara Zaske, r... Read More

Why Johnny Can't Jump Feb. 15, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Uht-oh. A study in Ireland has found that kids are losing the agility and basic physical skills we u... Read More

Time to Stop Criminalizing Parents Whose Kids Play Outside Jan. 18, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

The Utah Legislature is reviewing a bill that would decriminalize the actions of responsible parents... Read More

Tree Dispute With Neighbors Jun. 09, 2017

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: Our next-door neighbors, the "Johnsons," must hate trees. Our neighborhood is full of be... Read More

Summer Used to Mean Free Time Jun. 01, 2017

Lenore Skenazy

About 15 years ago, friends whose kids went to the same preschool as ours invited us to visit the up... Read More

All Structure and No Play Apr. 13, 2017

Lenore Skenazy

Every day after school and all day on weekends, kids run outside — to get in the car to get to... Read More

The Trump Brand Goes Down-market Nov. 03, 2016

Froma Harrop

With polls and prayer as a guide, let's assume that Donald Trump loses the election. What will he do... Read More