Ann Pleshette Murphy Shares 'The Secret of Play'

'Secret of Play' author shares guidelines for raising happy, healthy children.

Dec. 8, 2008— -- When I was researching my new book "The Secret of Play: How to Raise Smart, Healthy, Caring Kids from Birth to Age 12," I learned that, when children dash and splash and squish and build and pretend their way through their early years, they're doing much more than letting off steam or burning calories.

Play boosts the circuits in young children's brains, impacting every aspect of their development: cognitive, emotional, physical. Underlying "The Secret of Play" are some guiding principles about play, secrets that can really make a difference in your family's quality of life.

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