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Originally Posted July 12, 2013 - Updated, October 9, 2015

I often feel like the "odd man out" when it comes to my views on the current state of childhood play. Despite covering the latest and greatest in tech toys and apps here on The Rock Father, I'm not keen on making them a big part of our daily lives. I've touched on that before, and sure, I like to know about the "cutting edge," but here's the reality: As plugged-in as they are, the current crop of kids are largely missing out. They're missing out on using their minds - experiencing new worlds through imaginative play and interacting with the real world. What happened to playing dress up and creating adventures in your own neighborhood? A lot of kids aren't getting those experiences, and I think it's because some grownups have forgotten about their own experiences, and now they need a reminder.

Published in James' Journal

There's a good reason why I chose to feature that STAR WARS "Darth Vader" Halloween Costume in the header for this article. Long before The Rock Father... I believe I wore that very costume three years in a row - sometimes as an alternate (one costume for trick-or-treating, a different for school, etc.) - though I had Luke Skywalker's green RETURN OF THE JEDI lightsaber instead of the proper red one.

Published in James' Journal

The wonderful slang of the 1980s... were the Halloween Costumes on-sale at your local TOYS 'R US store enough to make your Halloween ''super maximum?'' According to the following commercial, they certainly were. More concerning is why there's a large Gorilla that appears to kidnap a small child right in front of the mother, who apparently goes along with it. Well, she is a witch. Watch and learn.

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