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Ask Nurturance: What are good toys for ages 2 to 4

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Play, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: What are good toys for ages 2 to 4

            Dear M, Do you have any toy recommendations for toddlers and preschoolers? I am tired of the plastic toys and clutter that take up space in my house that is rarely played with. I’d like to give my kids some toy presents this year that they will actually play with and enjoy. Thoughts? From Agnes   Dear Agnes, Oh the clutter of plastic toys! With so many options out there for toy buying, it can seem both overwhelming and discouraging to look for...

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The Key to Success, Creativity and Happiness

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Play, Recent | 0 comments

The Key to Success, Creativity and Happiness

  Dr. Angela Duckworth is a researcher and professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth’s most recent book, Grit, explores the years of research she conducted on what drives some people to become experts in their particular fields. Duckworth asserts that a combination of passion and perseverance (or grit) are the driving forces behind successful people. People who are truly passionate about what they do and somehow possess the intrinsic motivation and stamina...

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Ask Nurturance: Fostering Imagination

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Play, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Fostering Imagination

            Dear Nurturance, My daughter is 6 months old. I am an artist who has not spent any time around children since I was a child myself. I’d like to know what I can do as a parent to stimulate my daughter’s imagination.  Thanks in advance, Marcy   Dear Marcy, First of all, I’d say: trust yourself and your instincts. In order for imagination to flourish, children need to feel safe and supported. As you probably know, being creative requires confidence and...

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Let the Children Play: Fostering Autonomy by Letting Go

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Play | 0 comments

Let the Children Play:  Fostering Autonomy by Letting Go

Some parents nostalgically reminisce about their own childhoods filled with spontaneous play, when children went outside, found their own playmates and entertained themselves for hours on end. We have become increasingly concerned with safety and have developed an obsession with learning and the development of skills yet we mourn times gone by when life was simpler. However, parents today often feel guilty if we are not always 100% engaged with our children, maximizing every opportunity for...

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Play and the Brain

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Featured, Play | 0 comments

Play and the Brain

Did you know that play is basic for survival and that play has a biological function just like sleeping and dreaming?  So says Dr. Stuart Brown, director of the National Institute of Play in a TED Talk he presented in 2008.   Dr. Brown’s message to adults is this:  humans are hard-wired for play and play is a transformative force of empowerment for the human race. Does science support these bold claims?  According to Dr. Brown, not only does current scientific research back up his...

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Block Play

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Play | 0 comments

Block Play

I recently wandered through a Lego store and had to weave my way through throngs of children and their parents in order to locate my son.  No matter how empty and deserted the mall may be on a given weekend, there always seems to be a crowd at the Lego store.  Legos are popular; both parents and children enjoy assembling the blocks and creating amazing masterpieces from the tiny little rectangles. I love Legos and we have boxes full of them sitting in my sons’ room, along with dusty...

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