Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed has been surprising me lately with some pretty cutting edge programs like a Department of Urban Agriculture, an Office of Sustainability, and now by appointing a Chief Resilience Officer. Resilience - basically, the ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again - is becoming increasingly important these days. I think every American is going to need a healthy dose of it after the current Presidential election season ends in a few days.
But, have you ever thought about the importance of resilience in our children? It is a critical ability to develop as a child. It may come as no surprise to read here that one major way for children to develop resilience is through play. (Yes, once again you see that play is not "goofing off" or "wasting time"!)
Our dear friends at Play Wales have a short report called "Building Resilience - the Importance of Play". It's a quick, but powerful read. Consider all of the toxic stress that faces Atlanta's children these days: poverty, crime, violence, some failing schools. The more we increase their time for quality play the better lives these children will have now. They may even grow up to be "better" grown-ups, but don't forget the NOW. They will have better lives NOW.
Let the children play. And, if you see him, thank Mayor Reed for me will you? If you're curious, check out Play Wales' website. They are an extraordinary organization.