Hi Readers! Getting lots of interest in Take Our Kids to the Park…And Leave Them There Day. Watch for it/me on CNN on Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. EST, and in a whole bunch of radio interviews and newspaper articles over the next few days. Meantime, here is a GREAT QUOTE from the former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
He appears along with a lot of other well-known and loved New Yorkers, including Regis Philbin and Ray Romano, on a new DVD called New York Street Games (which also comes with rules for the old-fashioned games, like stickball, and ringoleavio). And here’s what he says in the film:
“If you want to say how can we step into childhood and make it better for
them, I would start at the activity level. I’d like to say let your kids go
out and play. Then I’d say you’re not going to do that are you? Make your
kids go out and play. Kids ought to grow up the way you and I grew up and
we grew up fifty years apart or maybe more. But we did the same things.
Now who’s out playing in the afternoon? Nobody. Risks I think are the
thing that make life important and everything that you and I do is risk vs.
benefit. Is there a risk to sending your kid out? Absolutely. Is there a
benefit? It exceeds the risk.”