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Beach, Beer, and Bra(u)ts

by Jonathan Peters, PhD
Chief Motivation Officer, Sententia Gamification

Remember back before the Virus? How did you spend summer holidays?  

For many people, summer celebration and recreation involve the family—specifically, their children. They can’t understand why you would picnic in a park or lounge on a beach without children running around, shrieking, and splashing.  

But there are also those of us for whom roaming bands of noisy brats ruin a perfectly good day of sand and surf. 

In his landmark study, Steven Reiss, PhD, noted, among other things, that people have different levels of motivation when it comes to raising children. While we certainly have biological drives to procreate, actually raising children is a different and specific desire. For some people, their children are central to their lives; others are content to be childless.    

This article is not about raising children; instead, it’s about people’s...

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