Sign o’ the Times: Playborhood


Welcome to the Playborhood!

Many of us recall growing up in neighborhoods thick with play and laughter. Games like Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, and Sardines played with friends on summer nights. A game of catch or frisbee always seemed to be going on in someone’s front yard. Nights spent sleeping out in tree houses or make-shift tents, and days spent riding bikes and roller skating up and down the block. Sandboxes and mud pies. Club houses and lemonade stands. Childhood — the real deal.

Neighborhoods were once vibrant and busy with people — especially children. Lawns may have been a bit less manicured and homes a bit smaller, but the neighborhoods were full of life and character. In my book, they were far richer then. A world unto themselves for kids — the real canvas of childhood.

Today, many neighborhoods are quiet. Children stay inside and play video games and watch TV, or are driven by car to scheduled after-school activities. I look at this version of childhood and it takes my breath away. How sad to not know the joy of running form yard to yard, visiting and playing with friends — not because someone arranged a play date, but because that’s what kids do. What is childhood like without “your gang” — that group of kids that you skinned your knees with, learned to skate with, climbed trees with — and yes, even sometimes got in trouble with? I can’t even imagine.

I am so proud to be a part of the play movement in America that is working hard to reverse this trend — to take childhood off the Endangered Species List and restore play to its rightful place. Another play advocate, Mike Lanza, has formed a group called Playborhood, which I have spoken about here at TGSG before. Playborhood has created the fantastic sign that you see above and is selling them online. What a great way to show your support for play and to start a trend in your neighborhood.

Personally, I would LOVE to see these posted in front yards EVERYWHERE — or on balconies or wherever else we can put them. Let’s make each neighborhood a Playborhood and give kids back the right to play. Click here to order your Playborhood sign today! I would love for you to take a picture of one posted in your yard and share it here at TGSG!

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to go see if any of my “gang” is around. I haven’t played Sardines in ages! If you recall, I am a BIG FAN of Adult Recess!

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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