Safety – the Elusive Balance

One of the absolute most important questions – how much protection is best? Here’s a link to a great article. Keep in mind that a most special mission of The Planet is to provide opportunities for all the advantages of old-fashioned play, yet in a...

The Conversation, 2: The Value of Fairness

Because modern children do most of their group play under close adult control and adult referees, they can fall behind in learning the old-fashioned, self-directed group wisdom and fun of playing fair voluntarily. Most children love the old-fashioned,...

The Conversation, 1: Behavior Modification

Kids want two things – to engage deeply and genuinely with parents – and to test and discover the actual limits placed on them. So, “strictness” is really just consistency. Consistent limits are the walls that hold the secure roof over a...

Our New Website!

Wow – we’re so lucky that Fabian Mach (doing all the work) is “helping us” create this up-to-date website.  He’s wonderfully patient with my total ignorance about these things, and he’s a fun guy to work with. I’m trying to do him justice by providing some text, for...

Important Planet Trivia

The Planet celebrated its 20th birthday at this site in January. The Planet picks up after school from all Mill Valley schools, Willow Creek, New Village, Bel Aire, Marin Horizon, and – call us. Saturday birthday parties are possible for our established clients....