Am I Depriving My Children of Joy?

September 20, 2009

There are perfectly good reasons why both our bed and our five-year-old’s bed do not have boxsprings: In our case, a queen-size boxspring wouldn’t fit up our staircase; in his case, a kid-size platform bed is what we found on craigslist. There is nothing bad about all this. But yesterday, we visited some friends whose two boys have two springy, jump-able beds, and it was a free-for-all of kid joy:

(Have these friends of ours had to take one or the other kid to the emergency room more times than we have? Sure. But proper childhood exuberance requires sacrifice, right?)

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