Originally Posted by miasandhadleysmom
While I really liked and agreed with Forest for a Classroom, I really disliked when the author made such generalizations about Americans and the way our kids are raised. While I agree that there is way too much media saturation in our society and that keeping kids away from television is a good thing, I am so tired of the judgmental tone of some articles and parents. I think the author could have made her point without putting down families that do things a different way.
I didn't get the impression that the article was putting down other families or other ways of doing things, to me it more seemed to be pointing it out, and from the author's perspective.
And to be honest, I quite agreed. I see more and more children who are lacking in 'imaginative' play and the ability to do things in a new way. It seems to be getting worse with each new generation (I noticed it a lot growing up and playing in the '90s as a child, and now as a parent I am even more attuned to it as I feel like I can't think up new and different things to do with DD)
That article in particular I really enjoyed in the Nov-Dec issue.
The other is tied in with it, at least to me, and that is the natural toys article. I am wanting very much to buy DD something non-toxic and safe for her birthday, and also something that inspires creativity. I realized as I was looking at a typical fisher-price kitchen set... That really each thing only does so much over and over, and doesn't seem like it would inspire creative play. Let alone what it is made of... DH seems to keep sliding into that 'but it's wood... it doesn't make noise or do anything. Isn't it going to be boring??' state of mind, even after reading the article
As some mothers have already posted, I do wish the article had taken costs into account! I understand you get what you pay for, but even then, for one toy to cost an excessive amount is a bit of a damper on my plans.