Monday, May 7, 2012

Read this Book!

Parents, here is a book that will rock your world--and that of your children.

Mike Lanza, father of there young boys, realized something was very different about children's lives today compared with the way he grew up.  He recalled unstructured play time--making up games and rules, building tree houses and forts, playing pick-up ball. Naturally, Lanza realized that things have changed. Today's parents are concerned about dangers of abduction; children are shuttled to organized activities, such as sports, dance, karate; homework is onerous. And of course, the screens of television, computers, and game players are enticing and addictive.

However, Mike Lanza wanted more for his children. He realized the value of unstructured  play in his own life and in children's development. Children need to engage in unstructured play to develop leadership skills, learn to negotiate with others, and experience physical and emotional freedom. So he took action. He figured out how to carve out the play space needed for his family and neighborhood. And in Playborhood:Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play, Mike Lanza tells what he did, and how he did it. In addition,  he offers a range of case studies from different settings--urban, rural, and suburban. Step by step, in his very readable style, he gives the information and inspiration parents need to create safe play spaces in their neighborhoods.

With Playborhood as your guide, you can provide your children and your neighborhood with an environment that will offer a safe place for unstructured play. That is truly a gift that all children deserve  . . . and need.


  1. Very impressive and nice blog,thanks for sharing such a nice snapshot.Choosing a gift for babies is a very difficult task because they always want something special from you and if its not of their choice then it will become difficult to handle them

  2. Hello Madeline, I am glad I stopped by for a read. I love this post! What a great idea! Oh, and how cute are these pics of early learners with it! Glad we connected!

  3. This does look like a must read for parents. I'm going to order a copy the next time I make an Amazon order.

    I can't wait to read some of the advice. It sounds like a lot of information, but if a few parents just tried one or two things a difference could be made in children's lives.

    I read some of the reviews. One thing a parent did as a result of reading the book was invite the neighbors over and get to know the parents. My husband and I do that with our neighbors. (even ones without kids)

    Sometimes my kids don't know what to do for fun. Many of their friends play a lot of video games or watch youtube videos. (We don't let our kids watch youtube unsupervised. It sometimes happens at their friend's houses.) I'd love some ideas to share with my kids. Although I am trying to let them spread their wings and not be micro managed by their well intentioned mom.


What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.