The origins of recycling at Origins

Origins is a huge game convention (“con”) held annually at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  We’ve attended every year since 1999.  In addition to enjoying the exhibits and activities, we’ve helped our friends from Looney Labs sell their wonderful games and operate their “Lab”, a large room where people can try out their games and compete in their tournaments.  Volunteers who help Looney Labs are called Mad Lab Rabbits and wear lab coats.

We’ve also helped the Looneys with smaller game parties at other cons, and at most of these I set up a recycling bin for bottles and cans discarded by guests and staff.  Kristin Looney heard many favorable comments about the recycling, and in 2001 she asked me to “make it happen in our space at Origins.”  I made it happen. It turned into a much more ambitious project than Kristin had envisioned. Read more…

Learning to Share

The topic of “sharing” comes up pretty often, in conversations with other parents in real life or online, because every young child eventually has a moment when she yanks a toy away from another child or gets her own toy yanked away.  What often puzzles me about discussions of sharing and taking turns is that so many parents talk as if these are concepts that apply only to interactions between children. It seems to me that as a parent, you share things with your child and take turns using things with your child, so everyday life is full of opportunities to model and teach sharing.

I often hear claims that kids under 3 or 4 just don’t comprehend sharing, so there is no point trying to teach it. Yet I started to teach (consciously) about sharing and turn-taking when Nicholas was just six months old.  Read more…