The play deficit
Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up
Beasts at bedtime
At bookstores it's easy to confuse the kids section for the nature section. Why are so many children's books about animals?
How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian orphans?
The great escape
Digital technology allows us to lose ourselves in ever more immersive fantasy worlds. But what are we fleeing from?
Two lands in my mind
Imaginary friends can seem to have a life of their own. Where do they go when their human creators grow up?
My children, my life
Is our culture quietly hostile to something deeply important — loving our children in a genuine and attentive way?
Filthy and violent it may be, but life is still precious for the world's street children. Can you look them in the eye?
I grew up in the future
My mom is a futurist, that peculiar subclass of optimists who believe they can see the day after tomorrow coming
The ecology of Pooh
Adults may feel exiled from the intensity and sweetness of childhood places. But perhaps there are surprising ways home