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Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D.

You ask your kids what happened at school today. Your son mumbles, “Nothing,” in his casual kind of way. Before you can follow up, your daughter chimes in “I hate Maddie. She told Sarah she thinks my hair is ugly. They’re not my friends anymore. more

You shop ‘til you drop for holiday gifts. Then, as the flurry of wrapping and ribbons settles on the living room floor, you hear a shrill, small voice whine, “Mom, she got seven presents and I only got five. It’s not fair!” more

In our achievement-driven society, recess may seem frivolous. After all, college applications won’t give points for dodge ball ability. But experts say recess is crucial for kids’ development. And, unfortunately, it’s on the decline. more