I’m only a few chapters in so far, but I’m really enjoying reading Playful Parenting, by Lawrence Cohen. Cohen is a child psychologist and play therapist who lives in Brookline, MA. The basic premise so far is that play is children’s first language. We have actions before we have words and play is really just symbolic actions. He argues that without it, kids can feel as isolated as an adult might feel if no one ever spoke with them.