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Let Kids Play! With Mike Lanza of Playborhood

Let Kids Play! With Mike Lanza of Playborhood

Mike Lanza is author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play. Prior to becoming an author he was a software and Internet entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He recently gained a great deal of exposure both positive and controversial from a New York Times Article, “The Anti-Helicopter Parents Plea: Let Kids Play!”, featuring Mike, his family and their front and back yards. The concept behind playborhood is to create self-reliant, confident and independent kids. In order for kids to want to spend time outdoors, as opposed to being plugged into the readily available technology, they need to have a place that they can go to socialize. This physical location must be close by. If it isn’t close enough, they aren’t going to even try. That’s why using the back or front yard in a neighborhood is the perfect location. The article has led to a response article, questioning his affluence as the basis for him being able to provide a specialized environment for his kids. Lanza’s res