Hilary Levey Friedman Talks Competition in Parents Magazine

Hilary Levey Friedman, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, is interviewed in the February issue of Parents magazine on how to teach children a healthy attitude towards competition. Competitive play is a natural part of growing up, says Friedman. “Sibling rivalries are crucial to a child’s development — these interactions are microcosms [more...]


Hilary Levey Friedman on the Evolution of Competitive Childhood Sports

Hilary Levey Friedman’s Atlantic article about the increasing prevalence of childhood competitive sports has spurred a discussion at the New York Times‘ Room for Debate. The Times assembled a team of experts to debate how competitive youth sports should be, and whether sports overwhelm childhood or enhance it.

Friedman’s article gives historical context to the phenomenon of childhood sports [more...]


Soccer, Dance, or Chess: How After-School Activities Shape Gender Roles

Today in The Atlantic, Hilary Levey Friedman writes about the gendered notions that influence parents’ choice of after-school activities for their girls. If you’ve ever wondered about how your daughter’s extracurriculars can shape her path later in life, take a look at the study.

The article is adapted from Friedman’s new book, Playing to Win: Raising [more...]


Why the World Needs Benchwarmers

Harvard sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, author of the forthcoming book Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, is now a featured blogger at Psychology Today. Her first installment, “Qualities of the B (aka Bench-Warming) Player” talks about why it may be more advantageous for a child to be a benchwarmer than a star [more...]