Children

A Spendthrift 5-Year-Old? Researchers Say Yes

For some people spending money is very stressful. For others, it’s fun—even therapeutic. Might children share these same tendencies? Scholars use a scale to measure adults’ propensity to spend and save. On one end of the scale are tightwads, or people who feel distress when they spend money, and on More

Imaginary Worlds of Childhood

In 19th-century England, the Brontë children created Gondal, an imaginary kingdom full of melodrama and intrigue. Emily and Charlotte Brontë grew up to write the great novels “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre.” The fictional land of Narnia, chronicled by C.S. Lewis in a series of classic 20th-century novels, grew out More

Playtime May Bolster Kids’ Mental Health

“Play has become a four-letter word.” So says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a psychologist at Temple University and one of the authors of a new paper about the importance of play in children’s lives. The clinical report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that pediatricians write a “prescription for play” More

5 Proven Benefits Of Play

It may be a new school year, yet I come to sing the praises of trampolines and bubble-blowing, pillow forts and peekaboo, Monopoly and Marco Polo. A new paper in the journal Pediatrics summarizes the evidence for letting kids let loose. “Play is not frivolous,” the paper insists, twice. “It More