"Play is the highest
expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free
expression of what is in a child's soul."
- Friedrich Froebel
"The capacity to be affected by how others feel is developed most strongly when infants and toddlers are
empathically cared for by the same few people all the time - people who are willing and able to meet the child's
- Dr. Elliott Barker,
The Social Causes of Crime
"Play is not a respite from learning. Play is learning."
- Katie Hurley
"At the root of every tantrum and power struggle are unmet needs."
- Marshall Rosenberg
Articles by Marshall Rosenberg
"Imagine that you had omnipotent powers and were faced with the problem of how to get young humans and
other young animals to practice the skills they must develop to survive and thrive in their local conditions of
life. How might you solve that problem? It is hard to imagine a more effective solution than that of building
into their brains a mechanism that makes them want to practice those very skills and that rewards such practice
with the experience of joy. That, indeed, is the mechanism that natural selection has built, and we refer to the
resultant behaviour as play."
- Peter Gray,
Free to Learn
Articles by Peter Gray
"The first five years have so much to do with how the next eighty turn out."
- Bill Gates, Sr.
"If controlling another human being is the goal of parenting, then force is necessary. Fear,
intimidation, threats, power-plays, and physical pain are the means of control. But if growing healthy humans is
the goal, then building trust relationships, encouraging, guiding, leading, teaching, and communicating are the
tools for success."
- L.R. Knost,
The Problem with Punishment