Why Can't We Just Play?" is a funny and heartwarming story of a summer I spent with my two boys during which we did nothing except play. No camps, no lessons, no structure at all.
Reader, I survived. The book tells the story - the whole story - and is available now where ever books are sold. Below is some press about the book.
Review, Booksellers New Zealand
Irish Examiner - June 25, 2016
East Rockaway Library Pick
Give Your Kids the Gift of Free Play
Podcast with Jedlie (Jed Doherty)
I’ve read a ton self-help/parenting/how the heck do I do this/type of books and this one is different. The author is funny!! I related to her so much. This is a summer must read for any busy parent trying to navigate through the world of raising kids.
Eliza Poppy Co Lifestyle Blog, 6/23/16
My original intention for reading this book was reassurance in my unpopular parenting choices. We live in an area where kids are involved in multiple extra-curricular activities, participate in competitive sports by age 6, and the pressure to "keep up" is unreal. So I figured this memoir, written by a mother intent to recreate a summer like the 1950s, would be right up my alley. Little did I know how much this book would affect me and in ways I didn't expect.
This paragraph from the last chapter sums it up: "This is the message of the 1950s: their low expectations. Or rather, their reasonable expectations. We demand so much more of our family life - our family experience - than previous generations did. And it saddles all of us with an unachievable burden. If you're looking for the main difference between childhood in the 1950s and now, it is that children were freer then. Free to imagine, free to be bored, free to fail, free to be average." You know me and my unreasonable expectations for my life. The "permission" to unburden myself from the demands of our city and (more importantly) my perfectionist, overachieving tendencies...let's just say it was a reminder I really needed. It's okay not to carry the weight of every.single.thing.
Ashley. The Big White Farmhouse.com