The Classic Play Manifesto

by , posted on January 2nd, 2013 in Features

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!

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20 Responses to “The Classic Play Manifesto”

  1. Lacy Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Great list of things! Excited for 2013!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Lacy! I’m excited too!

  2. Kristen M. Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I love the simple, family-oriented, creative ideas that you share in this space. Totally unintimidating, yet great for those of us ready to stretch and try something new.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Ahh! Thanks so much Kristen! That is one of the finest compliments I’ve ever received. I love this: “great for those of us ready to stretch and try something new.” That’s perfect!

  3. Giulia Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Sometimes you need to just put it in words to clear things up in your always questioning mind, right? Here’s to another great year! Keep up the great work and btw. such a pretty picture of you and the pooch.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Exactly! And thank you for the props on the picture. It’s all Dave.

  4. wendy Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    i love everything about your manifesto!! you are so crazy awesome!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Aww Wendy, I feel the same way about you!

  5. Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    i love a manifesto!

    i also love your blog for the ideas, creative families and i feel like you are a delightful human. so thank you for sharing and happy new year!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    The creative family series is my favorite! I love meeting new people getting their take on the world. I hope to keep that series going in 2013. You interested in an interview? ;)

    Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School Reply:

    I would love to.

    Boy, that took a lot of courage….

  6. Carla Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    And that is exactly why I ADORE classic play!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Carla! xo

  7. Shawn Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Love it. I am so not into perfection either. Much too busy with new ideas to focus intently on old ones. ; ) Love this. Thanks for sharing a part of your heart here. I was just rewriting the Awesomely Awake manifesto today a bit. I guess I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my writing … it’s not ready yet. : )

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Oh, this will probably go through 10 more ‘tweaks’ as I re-read it. I’m always fiddlin’.

    You should publish it! I can’t wait to read it.

  8. Shawn Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I think I’m going to start giving it away when people sign up for my newsletter … what is your email? I’ll send you what I have!

  9. Holly Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    You’ve got me interested!! I’m a fan of Awesomely Awake…. Can’t wait to see what you bring!! Congratulations on your blog Mama!

  10. stacy Says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Happy to cross elbows with you and dance in to the New Year. Love Classic Play for all that it is/was and will be!!

  11. Gina @connectingfamilyandseoul Says:

    January 4th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I’m so happy to have found your manifesto through Shawn at Awesomely Awake! I’ve always questioned how I skip around from idea to idea on my blog, not keeping with a theme of sorts. You’ve explained it so wonderfully…people are multifaceted. We don’t play the exact same way everyday, so why should our content? Thanks so much for writing this! Love your ideas for 2013!

  12. erin//suchsmallsteps Says:

    January 4th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Love your “manifesto” and love seeing where this blog is going- it’s been fun to see how you’re growing!!

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