Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Five Baseball Dad Commandments

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This sign was posted in front of stands at the Little League park in Maryland where my son played a tournament this weekend. If only I had seen it before I wrote about cretinous baseball parents a month ago. The sign is like a Dante’s Inferno for Little League parental sins, perfectly capturing the loutish behavior in order of severity:

John Dickerson of Slate Magazine – full article

I used to go to my kids’ soccer games and I was the only parent who wasn’t screaming, because I’d have to do a show that night. It was hard. Moms and dads get more emotional at those soccer and Little League games than at a professional game.
Neil Diamond

The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.
Bob Uecker


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August 26, 2013 · 10:11 pm

Carpentry for Boys

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This fun book Carpentry For Boys was published in 1914 and is still a fun read. The author left out half the population in 1914 but today girls enjoy carpentry too. The book is now in the public domain and free at Project Gutenberg. It has 220 pages of tool discussion, projects, techniques and fun with 250 illustrations. Project Gutenberg has thousands of free books for your reading pleasure and LibriVox has thousands in audio form to listen to for free. Listening doesn’t work so well for “How To” books but is great for many other titles. I listen to podcasts and audio books while I make my toys. Such old “How to” books can be fun, but check your bookstore and library for hundreds of newer books about woodworking. Also there are many great woodworking magazines too. My favorite for 35+ years was and is Fine Woodworking.

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
― Anna Quindlen

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The Power of Play

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There is a great video series on Youtube called The Power of Play. I wish all parents could see it. More below.

The Power of Plays message is clear and compelling: Children need unstructured time and opportunities to simply play; play alone, play with other children, and especially to play with their own parents.

As early childhood experts make clear, “play is a childs job.” Unstructured play is crucial to the development of children during their formative years from birth to age eight. It is how they learn about themselves and the world around them.

In todays world of over-scheduling children through well meaning parents who want their children to be prepared as early as possible for school and learning, The Power of Play comes along to refute some of the notions about the benefits of overly structured early childhood education.

This documentary is a must-see for parents, teachers, and anyone else who is in the role of care-giver to young children.


Our son has played with one of your block wagons and blocks for the last seven years and has enjoyed them! We appreciate the durability and construction of both blocks and wagon. They have endured many years of hard use and creative play! At almost nine, he still loves to play with the blocks, now creating ships, aircraft bases and star ports for play with his planes, cars, etc. He told us he needs more blocks so he can build more bases – for the enemy. Please, make us more blocks!! Thanks for the quality and care you put into your toys. Your website does a great job of describing and displaying accurate pictures of your toys.

michele 6/9/06

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