This routine from actor/comedian Jeff Lewis may be, simultaneously, the reason for the existence of Streetplay.com and our choice for “video of the century.” As Rod Serling would say, “submitted for your approval”…
It is like the Twilight Zone, isn’t it? No further comment from us other than, “Get out and play.” Thanks again to the ever perspicacious Lenore Skenazy for bringing this video to our attention.
We’ve mentioned Lenore Skenazy more than once here on our blog; here’s a video of her positing the idea that parents don’t necessarily need to get involved and drive their kids’ play, suggesting that it may actually be detrimental. After Lenore, a bunch of mothers you’ve never heard of chime in, agreeing or disagreeing based on their own experiences.
It would have been preposterous, at least for me or anyone I ever knew as a child, for parents to hunker down with us as we played stickball, skully, or anything else outside. That time was referred to as “going out to play” by parents and kids alike. We figured things out on our own, learned basics of fair play, wrote our own script for the day. And had fun.
I did play board games like Scrabble enough with my parents, but that’s not what I remember as “play.” What do you all think?
The latest thing in children’s play? The recess coach! This is a great listen from NPR’s Tell Me More program, featuring Jill Vialet (president and founder of Playworks), and NYC’s own Free Range Kids evangelist, Lenore Skenazy. Even Lenore, who scoffed at the idea at first (we’re guilty on that one too), sees some benefit beyond the knee-jerk “harumpfing.” This is mainly because no one is teaching kids any “actual reality” games to play anymore; the traditional way that kids learn games–from older kids–is going away because the older kids don’t know the games nowadays either!
Listen and decide for yourself… and remember that Streetplay’s Rulesheets are always there if you want: print them out and give them to your kids.
Many of our loyal readers are directed toward Streetplay because of nostalgia, wanting to recapture memories of the good old days, the simpler times. In fact, a lot of people adopt a crotchety, self-anointing attitude in this regard, a rejection of what “these kids today are doing” in terms of their personal time and entertainment.
A thought provoking piece was posted on LiveScience.com yesterday that has some significance and overlap with these sentiments. While mainly concerned with recent science and studies concerning the phenomenon of children who are bullied, a phrase stuck out in terms of Streetplay sensibility:
Unstructured playtime — that is, when children interact without the guidance of an authority figure — is when children experiment with the relationship styles they will have as adults.
Bullying is a serious issue that is becoming more apparent and reported in the mass media, and may actually reflect an increase in its occurrence in American society (instead of being the media’s “flavor of the day”). It begs the question: is the combination of hysterical, overscheduling, overprotective parenting (witness Lenore Skenazy’s Free Range Kids blog, sane reportage of the problem), combined with the rampant, time-sucking, physically isolating use of electronic media (witness the Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest report on children’s media usage) a formula for creating socially dysfunctional, ready-to-be-bullied children?
All this just leads me to restate the Streetplay mantra: Get out and play.
FOXBORO (AP) -- The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football -- in the living room. On Sunday, they'll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen meet […]
The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. On Sunday, they'll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen meet in a game that really matters. ''We were never on the field at the same time because of our […]
Handballers Wear Pink for the Cure! nbsp; The USHA has joined the fight against breast cancer! The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. nbsp; USHA will be selling limited edition PREMIUM PINK HEADBANDS to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The Premium Pink Headbands will be available by phone (520-795-0434) or online while […]
The 2014 US Open of Handball and 24th Naty Alvarado Classic (http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=11939) saw all three versions of handball go into action today with one-, nbsp; three- and four-wall in full swing. nbsp; There were a number of interesting matchups including the Women #39;s four-wall that saw Tracy Davis edge Danielle Daskalakis to maintain a chance […]
Nahorniak sets up for a shot in Men #39;s Open Doubles action. nbsp; MAUMEE, Ohio - Nik Nahorniak steps in for a shot in the Men #39;s Open Doubles final on nbsp; Monday. nbsp; Braulio Ruiz (back court) and Armando Ortiz (front) won their first USHA 3-Wall National Open Double in two games, 21-13, 21-7. […]
Abe Montijo (center) with Paxton Ortega and Zane Hawley of Phoenix Youth Handball. nbsp; nbsp; By Fred Lewis GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Fred and Abe Show premiered at Lifetime Fitness over the weekend. nbsp; nbsp; As one of the initiatives of the USHA #39;s newly created President #39;s Club, Abraham Montijo and I will attempt […]
BROOKLYN - Tracy Davis (2nd from right) came within a point of slamming on Sunday...twice. nbsp; Davis and Theresa Haley won the first game and had 6 serves at 20 in the second before going to the tiebreaker against Danielle Daskalakis (shown hitting) and Sandy Ng. nbsp; From a 9-1 deficit in the third, Davis […]
The 2014 Columbus Day tournament was in jeopardy of being played this year with rain washing out Saturdays games. But the NYESL was determined to get the tournament in and came up with a plan to ensure a champion was crowned. Normally each team plays 3 games on the first day of the tournament in […]
The 2014 NYESL Columbus day tournament is quickly approaching. The tournament gives teams who haven't won a championship this year their final crack at it before they have to wait until next year. This years tournament will feature 10 teams from the Bronx, Manhattan and New Jersey fighting for their last chance at bragging rights […]
Our condolences goes out to Millie and her family during these difficult times. Millie was in charge of the cooking on Stickball Blvd a few years back and then handed it over to her son. A lot of you may not know Freddie, but he was Millie's husband. A great man who will surely be […]
The Bronx Emperors 2014 NYESL CHAMPIONS. Emperors Vs NJ Devils The Emperors sporting the leagues best offense and the #1 Defense came into the playoffs as the #2 seed behind Leland Legends. The Emperors waited as the NJ Devils punched their card into the playoffs by defeating the NJ Saints 3-1. The NJ Devils came […]