Kid-Driven Play

By Jessica Franklin It took hours for us to set up the tracks for my son’s train table, and less than a minute for him to tear apart. It has been a constant battle to get him to play nicely… read more

The Necessary Risk of Playtime

By Jessica Franklin Recently I shared my plans to get my son a trampoline for his birthday. A well-meaning friend contacted me to express her concern, informing me that recent recommendations are that trampolines should only be used in a… read more

Pick Your Battles

By Jessica Franklin “No, let’s not get the blocks out right now,” I say.  He dumps the box onto the floor, and I give an exasperated sigh. Just let him play with the blocks, it’s not a big deal.  He’s… read more