It’s summer vacation and I’m a work-at-home dad in charge of two boys, ages Nine and Nearly Five. They’re good kids, provided you remember — and develop the patience for — the Four Stages of Play.
• Every idea becomes a game
• Every game becomes a contest
• Every contest becomes a bloodsport
• Every bloodsport ends in bloodshed
The only exception to these Four Stages is when boys spend too long in close proximity to one another, and skip directly from Stage One to Stage Four.