The Classic Play Manifesto
It must have been the new year—all that retrospective and goal setting, because at 4:30 last night, my mind wouldn’t stop racing.
What are my intentions for 2013. Why am I blogging? I felt this intense dedication to Classic Play, but I wasn’t a writer, designer or artist who needed to get my work out there, so why? I felt the answer to this would help me plot a course for 2013.
After thinking about it, I came up with three reasons I blog:
1. I genuinely like people. And blogging is a social activity (even if I am sitting alone typing on a keyboard).
2. I want to make people’s lives better.
3. I remember what it was like to be a kid. And now, I know what it’s like to be a parent.
So now that I have the foundation, let me write my intentions for this blog. Most of these are things I’ve been doing all along, but were never written down. I think I was too shy or scared to say them. That has changed:
Classic Play shares ideas about real (attainable) things you can do. If I can’t find the materials easily, it won’t go in a DIY. If we haven’t tried it with our own kids, we won’t write about it. This blog is meant to inspire action.
Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of content because men and women are multifaceted. Essays, advice, tips, travel ideas, recipes and DIYs. On any given day, one or more of these may grace our pages.
Classic Play has a parenting slant. So we’ll talk about art, travel, cooking, and crafting, because life doesn’t stop when you have a kid and neither does our interests in grown up things. It just adjusts.
Perhaps nearly as important as what you will find here, there are some things you won’t find here:
I don’t view parenting as a competitive sport. You’ll never see helicopter parents in one corner, free range parents in another. I will not pit “cry-it-outers” against “attachment parents.” It’s just not what this site is about.
I will take a stand on certain topics from time to time, but primarily this is a fun place, free from snark. Here, you’re allowed to get mushy and sentimental and crafty and creative—it’s encouraged!
Classic Play is not ever ever ever intended to make you feel “less than.” It is not my intention to create an idyllic world in which none of us live. I am pretty much the antitheses of perfection (mostly because I lack the time, attention and skill for it). I am a process person. Also, if you want to hand-make something, I say more power to you! If you’d rather just buy it from etsy or another place, I say, go on with your bad self.
But be warned: I do tend to err on the side of Suzie Sunshine, so you’re going to get an always look on the bright side of life slant. Proceed at your own risk.
That’s it. It’s written down. Now it’s out there in the internet universe. Let’s get this year started!