Like many others out there, I am both a new parent and a 90’s kid. And like any (nerdy) new parent, I keep looking at my own childhood with freshly critical eyes. Which of my experiences, and which of my parents’ many decisions, led me to become the person I am today? Obviously it’s far too complicated to tease out – though some early pictures of toddler me pretending to write grand stories at a plastic writing desk bear remarkable resemblance to my current task and posture. But as the parent of a small child solidly in the entertained-for-45-minutes-by-an-empty-box phase, I am thinking a lot about play.
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