• Summer Reading: The Joys and Values During Coronavirus

    As summer 2020 approaches, I’m talking to parents who are (metaphorically) tearing their ever-longer locks out as they try to balance parenting, at-home kids, supervising schoolwork, cancelled activities, and whatever passes for their work these days. It’s a lot to deal with, no question. Let me offer a solution: reading. For many of us, and

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  • We Are All Children Now

    Most of us can remember many things from our childhoods. We can recall happy times, sad times, best friends, vacations, games, school, and myriad events that filled our days and helped us become who we are today. Though we can remember, we cannot re-experience. Our cognitive and neurological development make it physically impossible to return

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  • Play Will Save Us…Or At Least Help Us Through…

    Yes, I know that’s a clickbait headline, but while it’s a bit dramatic, it’s actually correct. These are challenging times, unlike anything most people alive today have ever encountered. So, before we get into any kind of discussion, it’s imperative to reinforce that personal safety, social distancing and staying safe and healthy are our primary

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  • In Praise of Risk

    When I talk about “risk” and “children” in the same sentence, you can see some parents start to vibrate. I get told, “You’re irresponsible.” Or, “Are you suggesting I put my kids in danger?” No and no. As these final days of summer wind down, perhaps one of the best things you can do for

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  • Shakespeare, Social Media & The Importance of Reputation

    I was sitting in the gentle drizzle in Central Park this week watching the Public Theater’s splendid new production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Kenny Leon, and I reflected, during a rain delay, on how as I’ve often said, Shakespeare knew everything. Seriously, gender politics and the current #metoo movement? Yeah, that’s Measure

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  • Unstructured Time

    One of the best parts of my day is the ability to get up slowly and simply be in the day or the moment. I always allow myself time where there are no deadlines and nothing that must be done immediately. This unstructured time is a critical part of my day. And as important as

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