Monday, February 16, 2009

Exploring the playroom

My boyfriend, who we will refer to as Dr. Dashing, and my late night conversation last night consisted of evaluating the pros and cons of playrooms. I, on one hand, grew up with a playroom with toys galore, video game systems, piano, air hockey and a playhouse right a family-room type area. The open area doted life-sized Mickey Mouse decals on the walls, a build in desk to color, and appropriate carpet to counter-act any glue spills or dropped markers. I loved my playroom! The memories of creating dances with friends to good ole Beach Boys songs cannot be surpassed by much; except maybe creating fake campfires to tell stories next to a homemade tent.
With this designated kids-zone, I was able to explore my creative and imaginary side in my own kids world. On the flip side, Dashing was raised with no playroom - on purpose. The idea was to make sure all interactions were inclusive of the family. Toys were stored in bedroom closets and TV/video game time had to be shared amongst the family. (sharing? what is this? JK) I understand the concept, but can't the two be merged? I guess living in Indiana prevents you from playing outside for a good portion of the year as opposed to Arizona creating a need for an indoor play scape. Your thoughts on a playroom? A plus for the common good? or a seclusion of family time?


Emily said...

I'm mixed. I did not grow up with a playroom...but one of my friends had one and I was so jealous. My idea was that "rich people" had playrooms. I do think it's important that kids "play" outside. But, as a woman thinking of wanting a "nice" house, a secluded area for toys and kiddie proof souns like a nice idea!


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