Is Boxing Play?

Is Boxing Play?

Psychologists tell us that by age four, children are very good at differentiating playing from fighting. But, what about those events that fall in the middle, play-fighting and rough-and-tumble play? Can fighting be playful? Here we have an instinctive sense of the answer to the question—one that most of us boys honed by experience. We know…

Droopy the Crow, the Surprising Bird Brain, and Play

Droopy the Crow, the Surprising Bird Brain, and Play

I gave Droopy his name when he first appeared outside my office window at the National Institute for Play headquarters nearly ten years ago. He’s old for a wild crow. An injured wing made him easy to pick out as a youngster but has not seemed to hinder him since. He’s raised a brood each…