Survey data obtained by Base Camp News indicates a massive behavior shift among children and parents, and advertisers are following suit: kids are shunning the outdoors, and it's bad for all of us
typo: "My nostalgia notwithstanding, of course a TV show about playing hard, outside, would be the perfect to advertise detergent that could tackle the resulting mess."
Missing word. There should be a "way" (or something) between "perfect" and "to".
Oops! I’ll start again. An incredibly important topic, Cole. Even we girls spent all summer days outdoors and perhaps equally important, our parents scheduled exactly nothing for us. We did what we wanted all day and evening long. It included a lot of sports, too. We were lucky, I guess.
As always enjoy reading your spot on posts and storylines. The neighborhoods have changed drastically from my generation til now. Sad to say not for the better on a social and safe level.
Great lens to show the culture shift, the grass stain jingle did in fact play in my head as I read it!
As a father of two there is a "desert of the real" out there. We live in a fairly dense neighborhood with two walking distance playgrounds and easily 9 times out of 10 we will be the only people with kids in sight (except for the rare first perfect weather day of spring or so when everyone gets the memo).
There is a first mover disadvantage to being the only kids outside since it's comparatively lonely, which compounds/self-reinforces the trend
In the back of our modest San Diego home of my youth was a long hill, more a ravine, covered in iceplant and pomegranate. The jean stains were so brutal that my father finally had a fence built. Yeah...for 3 boys? How’d that work out Pop? He would’ve needed barbed wire rolls on top. Spankings followed. Pleads of “do you know how much a new pair of jeans cost?”
Play more get dirty! Great read Cole!