When you think about your own childhood, do you recall times when you and your parents played together? Maybe it was hide-and-seek, or Monopoly or rock-paper-scissors. I remember pretending to be circus performers with my mom and dad, and playing...Through play, children make sense of their experiences, and express their ideas and emotions.
The sandbox is so, so lonely. Credit: Getty
Remember the good ol' days when Mom opened up the cabinets and let you play rock band with the pots and pans? Or all those afternoons you spent creating castles in the backyard sandbox?Th...What happened to good, old-fashioned play time? It's rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
Not all toys have to plug in. Credit: Getty Images Back in the day, "play time" didn't mean "screen time," because there weren't that many screens available. Now, of course, children have so many electronic entertainment options that...Children have so many electronic entertainment options that they may not be getting enough good old fashioned pretend play.
Summer camp attendance is down, due to the economy. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography/FlickrAs families everywhere tighten their belts and pinch their pennies, summer camp attendance is taking a hit. The American Camp Association reported at 10 t...
A while back, a close family member expressed the opinion that my husband shouldn't be down on the floor playing dolls with Ellie. She felt this was not only a waste of my husband's time, but potentially harmful for Ellie. Her reasoning had something...