Why You Should Cuddle Your Kids: Adult Health and Morality

Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood?

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

Should you condition your baby not to cry or use clever nudges that keep baby secure? There is a way!

The Myth of “Breastfeeding is Optional”

The book, Lactivism, purports to shoot down breastfeeding. Let’s examine its wrong baselines and assumptions. Breastfeeding is not an option for a baby who wants to develop well.

The Psychology of Supremacism: Whether White, Male or Human

As a child the women around me routinely warned each other not to insult the ego of a nearby male. Male supremacism was not challenged, till later. How about human supremacy?

The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

Your community will come alive when they have the opportunity to play together!

Start a Play Club in Your School

Kids need to play to develop health so why not consider having a play club in every school in America?

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Inter-generational Games Night

Just imagine playing board games, cards, and hanging out with seniors, neighbors, children, preteens, teens, and other adults. This scene is something that can happen anywhere in A

Make Play Part of a Planned Community Event

Chances are wherever you live in America or around the world your community holds annual events: starting with New Year’s Eve--you can make these play events!

"The Emperor’s New Groove," A Movie that Teaches Ethics

"The Emperor’s New Groove" is an enchanting animated movie about how a self-centered king learns compassion through friendship. It teaches ethics for life.

Why Close a Street to Play as a Community?

Did you play in the streets when you were a kid? I sure did. Here is how you can make it happen again--as an adult.

Pushing Play in the Community

The people of Takoma Park work together to make sure it’s a safe place for children to play, reports a 16-year-old player-observer.

How to Plan a Play Day in Your Community

Why sponsor a play day? George Bernard Shaw told us, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Why Does “Caveman” Parenting Influence Adult Morality?

Babies develop dynamically in response to the care they receive, which influences later moral sensibilities too.

Why Does 'Caveman' Parenting Support Adult Mental Health?

Affection, touch, play—did you have them in childhood? As an adult, your health and social skills may depend on them.

How to Start a Play Committee in Your Community

People of all ages love to play and all you have to do to build a play community is find the playful folks around you.

The Play Lady Tells Us How to Become Play-ers

Think back to your childhood, did you know a child who was outside playing all the time? Pat Rumbaugh was one of those children. Now she helps everyone play.

Mass Killers Explained by Syndrome E (Evil)

Recently, Itzhak Fried hosted a conference on Syndrome E, an idea he published in 1997 to explain mass killers. Let’s examine the characteristics and alternative explanations.

'Grit' Training for Babies?

The idea of “grit” is hot right now. Schools and businesses are taking up an emphasis on grit, the perseverance to get a job done. Is it good for babies? Nope, and here’s why.

What Does the Family Foster: A Lovable or Unlovable Self?

Pope Francis says “family life as the place where we come to learn the meaning and value of human relationships.” Will the child build a sense of being lovable or unlovable?

Letter to “Happily Circumcised” Father

Two experts reply to a letter from a father who questions why infant circumcision is harmful: he says that his child did not cry during circumcision and that he and his brothers don’t remember their circumcisions.

Does Your Psyche Embrace Flourishing?

“A shared story is the basis of the ability of any people to live together as an organized society.” Cultural stories or narratives shape attitudes and behaviors, influencing everyday psychological functioning. David Korten says that we have our story wrong, one that heads us toward self-destruction. There is an alternative, life-promoting story...

The Bracing, Empty Self versus the Open, Heart-Minded Self

The anthropologist, Colin Turnbull, contrasted his British upbringing with African Mbuti children, a non-industrialized foraging society whom he studied. Upon reaching adolescence. Mbuti children brimmed with skills and confidence whereas in contrast, he had felt empty and uncertain, ripe for bullying by teachers and peers.

Baby Crying? Don't Shame the Parents!

A medical doctor, also a parent, wrote to me recently to complain about my blog post, "'Dangers of Crying it Out.'" Here is (most of) my response.

Love for a Killer: "A Very Evil Kid”

When Adam Lanza massacred school children, people asked about his genes. But that was the wrong question. Genes are inert without experience. Families of victims of Dylann Roof’s gun rampage forgave him. It’s a show of love that he probably needed much earlier in his life.

Practical Tips for Men Distressed by Their Circumcision

“I am deeply troubled by having been circumcised as an infant. It causes me distress on a daily basis and interferes with my ability to enjoy life. Can you suggest a professional who can help me?”

Conversation with a Mother about Sleep Training her Baby

Dear Dr., I need help! I have a lovely 11 month old baby girl and my husband and I both work full-time… I resorted to sleep coaching recently… I am afraid that we have already done irreparable damage to our sweet baby.

Mad Men vs. Hill Street Blues

Which world do you choose?

Solving Humanity’s Emotional Disorders

In the last 1% of human genus existence, mental illness has become rampant. What are we doing wrong?

Biased? Yes, against the tide and FOR baby’s needs

Someone recently remarked that I was biased... Yes, I am biased FOR babies. I am out of sync with biases that lead people to think letting babies scream is a good thing. Not!