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photo of free range kids ME guest, Lenore Skenazy

When Lenore Skenazy wrote about letting her then nine-year-old son ride the subway alone in New York City, she never imagined the uproar it would cause. But she didn’t let the cries of “bad mother” deter her from her mission of allowing her two sons to explore and flourish and build the life skills needed…

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photo of Marshmallow Test delay of gratification in children ME guest, Dr. Stephanie Carlson

Many of us parents worry about the impact of technology and the ever-present devices that are such a huge force in today’s world. Indeed, we should consider carefully both the potential benefits and dangers of screen time. But we also should be open to research that challenges some of our assumptions and expectations about kids…

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photo of pretend play ME guest, Peter Gray

Psychologist and research professor Peter Gray had spent years studying the biological foundations of emotions in rats and other mammals. But when his 9-year-old son had an angry outburst in the principal’s office, Peter was moved to tears and soon found himself shifting his research focus to studying education from a biological perspective.   Peter’s…

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photo of ME's mothers and employment guest, Dr. Deborah Kahn

As moms, most of us give a lot of thought to deciding to be employed or to be an at-home mother. We may seek input from family, friends and books, even as pervasive media images of “having it all” also seep into our thinking. But what is known about the effects of a mother’s employment…

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photo of ME's Terrific Toddlers guest, Judy Schumacher

It can be difficult to think toddlers are terrific when they are throwing a tantrum at the grocery store, rejecting the fancy new potty chair you bought or shouting “No!” in response to nearly every request you make. But the toddler period really is a time of extraordinary learning and development, and even the most…

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