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Toys come in all shapes and sizes, and range from simple classics like dollhouses and toy trucks to complex products designed to engage, amuse, and distract. But when faced with a toystore full of options, how's a parent to choose? Take a look at these five toys that stand the test of time.
Here are expert ideas from a child psychologist for helping your preschooler play with others.
'Does not play well with others.' Parents fear hearing this from a teacher. We all want our kids to grow up with a good circle of friends, and playing is key for young children. The good news is that almost all kids struggle to play with others as they negotiate the balance between their desires and that of others. It's normal. And as a parent, you can do plenty of things to help your child learn to play well with others. Check out these tips and your social butterfly will grow his wings in no time!
'Bang, bang! You're dead!' Whether it's fake sword fighting, pretend gunplay, or a superhero scene recreated, parents may cringe at the idea of make-believe violence where kids pretend to kill each other. But there's more to pretend play than meets the eye, which is part of the reason you can't stop kids from doing it. Learn what pretend play means to children, and find out when you should step in.
For an increasing number of children, play just isn't taking place, and the consequences for child development may be severe.
Has your child been bitten by the 'mine' monster?  Here are expert parenting tips on how to teach sharing.
It's often hard to find time to play with our kids. But doing so may just be  the best investment parents can make in their children's future.
Superhero play may be banned in some schools, but it's ever-present in most every other school. Read what one doctor has to say about superhero play!
Rough and tumble play helps children learn about their bodies and the world, and prepares them for learning. But how much is too much?
Are you troubled by your child's omnipresent invisible companion?  Rest assured, experts agree imaginary friends are a normal, healthy part of childhood.
Want to get your child playing, laughing and learning? Here are our top picks for best board games for preschool, grade school, middle school, and high school.
What if creative play was being eroded by toy companies and media conglomerates focused on profit? One expert suggests that's exactly what's happening.
Waldorf education isn't just something that happens in the classroom. Here are some tips for bringing Waldorf principles, like rhythm and imagination, home.
A trip to a friend's house may seem ho-hum compared to a ballet class, but it's just as important.  Why we can't lose the 'playdate.'
Concrete play is any kind of tangible, hands-on play where your child uses his body or hands to manipulate things.  A guide to why it's so important.
Finding it tough to raise a compassionate, nonviolent boy in a culture full of violence in the media? Follow this 10-step plan!
Dress up is an essential part your child's development - find the right items for an instant wardrobe!
Did you hear the one about the class clown who giggled her way to better health and stronger relationships?  Keeping the laughter in your child's life.
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