Perhaps an understanding that early childhood is not the only important stage of childhood, that the middle years are equally important, may lead parents to . . . devote more time and attention, more care and supervision, to their post-toddler children, capable and unchildlike though they may seem. . . . Perhaps an understanding of the importance of play in children's lives . . . will provoke parents to take a stronger stand in controlling their children's television viewing, television being the greatest replacement of play among today's children. . . . Perhaps an understanding . . . that children do not prosper when treated as equal, will encourage parents to take a more authoritative, not authoritarian—position in the family. . . . Perhaps the recognition that a highly complicated civilization cannot afford the period of nurture and protection of its immature members will restore a real childhood to the children of coming generations.