The author advocates the integration of play, love and work. As a former teacher, manager and still a parent I understand what he meant. Many examples are given of child development and abilities and how to cope with them. Humor is emphasized as a positive way to discipline. He tells of a time when his son had so angered him he didn't know what to so he said he was so upset he was going to send him to the moon. The child got the message, realizing that his father was angry, but it was ridiculous to be sent to the moon. I remember being so upset with one of my daughter's messy rooms that I would say I was going to get on my broom and and sweep it out. As parents and people who interface with children often we can learn much by reading what author/researchers like Elkind have to share. Excellent! Do check this book out!
I just finished this book & I'm glad I took the time to read it. I went ahead & checked it out from the library b/c it seemed I was #11 in line forever. I think it is a good read, some parts are "skim-able", not a reference type book so not a keeper for me; but it had some great ideas & made me stop & think about my children's play time & how to improve it. I definitely recommend it.