Category Archives: Play

In Praise of Mud and Sand

I recall convincing myself that being a good mother required my faking an enjoyment of holding frogs. Emma seems to have made the same decision about muddy sand. Mucking around in the mud as frequently as possible is a toddler … Continue reading

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Michael is getting the hang of building with blocks. He knows how to put one on top of another. Previously, he loved knocking down buildings we constructed. He also can put bristle blocks together. I would lend him some of … Continue reading

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Smashing Gender Stereotypes

If this morning in the playground is any proof, every kid in Chelsea (boys and girls) has been yearning for this stroller. It doesn’t have princesses, only butterflies. It is wonderfully lightweight, easily fits in the bottom of the stroller, … Continue reading

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Striking a Balance Between Safety and Exploration

Intellectually, I believe that excessive anxiety about safety should not squelch a toddler’s bold exploration. I struggled with the same issues with  his mother Emma as I do with  her son Michael. My striking the right balance was only clear … Continue reading

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Michael and Barbie

My Daughter Michelle:I think it’s funny that you once so objected to your daughters being interested in playing with Barbie dolls but now that you have a grandson, Barbies represent being liberated. What a double standard! I can’t believe you … Continue reading

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