So here it is. This is what I’ve worked on for five years on this blog, in my neighborhood, and in other neighborhoods throughout the US. It’s called Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play. Buy it at Amazon.com, or from a growing number of community bookstores like Keplers in my hometown of Menlo Park, California.
Yes, it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damned good. I’m proud. I’m happy. I really think, in the course of doing all the work that went into writing this book, that I’ve made the lives of my children much better. I also think I’ve helped to improve the lives of many other kids in our neighborhood. I’ve even uplifted the lives of many children I’ve never met, thanks to this blog.
But boyyyy, with regard to the latter group, there’s so much more to be done. I’m absolutely humbled by the fact that 99+% of the parents whose children need Playborhoods have never heard the term “Playborhood.” With this book I can begin to make a dent in that 99% number. For all the talk of people not reading books cover-to-cover like they used to, books are still enormously powerful vehicles for persuading people.
I’ve put an awful lot of work into this book, especially in the last year, but now I’m putting even more work into promoting it. I really do believe that it can be a vehicle for changing childhood in the 21st Century.
If you’re reading this now, there’s a good chance you believe this, too. So, I hope you’ll help me. Please read the book. Then, reflect on how you’ll use its lessons to change your children’s lives for the better. Then, help me spread the word about Playborhood, so that others will decide to make the sorts of changes you’re making.
In upcoming posts, I’ll be telling you more about the book: what’s in it, the backstory behind parts of it, what others are saying about it, and how it’s inspiring others to change their kids’ lives.
Thanks for all your support over these last five years, but now that we have Playborhood the book in hand, we can really start moving the needle of childhood in the 21st Century. I’m ready to catalyze real change in the culture of childhood. How about you?