There are two ways to design play for children in the digital age, especially if your game is products that you want parents to buy to support the learning and development of their children. You can either: guess or observe.
Although it stretches over a 50-year period and introduces a whole set of new characters at the midway point, Clybourne Park stays true to its themes and forces you to consider just how far we've come after all.
Jitney, set in the '70s, seems on its surface to be specific and limited in scope, revolving around the lives of black men working at a 'jitney' or 'gypsy' car service in the city, but its themes are universal.
Our children can navigate the Web, and if we give them back their natural birthright, they can also navigate the woods and the beaches. One Green Hour a day -- maybe that's all it takes to restore not only our kids, but also our habitats.
Other mothers have confessed that they feel the same way, but they do it quietly. We're all slightly ashamed of our lack of enthusiasm for childlike antics. We leave a lot of the playing to our partners.
Incorporating just a bit more play in your life, or even changing the way your relate to playful activities that you're already doing, can have great benefits in your life. Choose to sprinkle some of this in today.
The play showcases more than just one family's hardships in getting along and getting by; it also grapples with the conflicts that erupt when members of different generations are forced into close quarters.
If we drive children away from their innate needs to go within themselves to reflect and imagine, we'll be losing something of our humanity. Are we looking up from our screens often enough -- and teaching our children to do so?