You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762This was written in 1762. Imagine, before the United States of America was an independent country, this man had already written what we as child development professionals now know as the appropriate way to educate young children. For children play is learning, real hands on experiences are needed to teach skills. I put this quote on at least one parent calendar each year.