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Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
The play deficit

Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up

Peter Gray

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Childhood, disrupted

Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Essay/Demography & Migration
The balinghou

Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough

James Palmer

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
The great forgetting

Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?

Kristin Ohlson

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
You can do it, baby!

Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous

Leslie Garrett

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
The end of adolescence

In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more

Paula S Fass

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Growing-ups

Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Where’s Bobbi Fischer?

Little girls sign up to play chess in droves. So why are so few of the world’s top players women?

Hana Schank

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Detachment

How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian orphans?

Virginia Hughes

Essay/Music
Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

Essay/Stories & Literature
The coming-of-age con

How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Praise them!

Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple

Carlin Flora

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
I’m not a feminist but…

These American teens look up to their strong mothers and believe in equal rights. So why won’t they use the F-word?

Pamela Erens

Essay/Stories & Literature
Books for life

There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence

Adam Gidwitz

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Brilliant impersonators

We prize originality, yet humans are natural-born copycats and only good imitators survive. Is it time to celebrate the rip-off?

Kat McGowan

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
My children, my life

Is our culture quietly hostile to something deeply important – loving our children in a genuine and attentive way?

Helen Hayward

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
My daughter, myself

Storms of doubt and change I expected as the parent of an adolescent, I just thought they would be hers, not mine

Marina Benjamin

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics
Pretty in pink

My two-year-old daughter already knows that pink is for girls. And she loves it. Why does that make me see red?

Elisabeth Camp

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
The ecology of Pooh

Adults may feel exiled from the intensity and sweetness of childhood places. But perhaps there are surprising ways home

Liam Heneghan

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Get your kicks

No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike

Guy Claxton