This book offers information and inspiration, and also abundant warnings about the barriers to play in our society. Unfortunately, in our culture it is a challenge to offer children abundant opportunities for creative play. Parents must be vigilant and they must take actions that are counter to much of what has become the "norm."
Author Rachel Macy Stafford tells her own story—about being buried in busy-ness—until finally she recognized the negative effects of her distractedness, her perfectionism and hurry-up habits. Her book about time and relationships is Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters.
Book Review of The Irreducible Needs of Children, by The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D.