Wall Street Journal: Superhero Costumes Come to Parents’ Rescue

Self-Reg for parents, photo of man and son sitting on the grass together

Pretend play can reduce anxiety and stress, helping children regulate their emotions, says Stuart Shanker, author of “Self-Reg,” a book on building executive-function skills. It also activates the brain’s reward system, transforming an onerous task into something pleasurable, says Dr. Shanker, an emeritus professor of philosophy and psychology at York University in Toronto.

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