When I was a kid I lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids on our street and a public golf course as our back yards. I loved summer vacation as a kid. We would stay all get together and play with GI Joes, Transformers, and Matchbox cars. We would build blanket forts. Best of all we would play outside. We would play hide-and-seek, tag, monkey-on-the-middle, ride bikes, and run through the sprinklers on the golf course (between dodging golfers). We would stay outside all day until dinner time, then meet back up afterwards for more fun, until it got too dark to see. We didn’t have a worry in the world. Neither did our parents. (but that is for another time).
As I watch my kids playing video games on my phone while sitting on the porch, I hope for them to have that too. I want them to have friends that will come over and jump on our trampoline, play on our play set, play tag, other games that we invented, play make believe…just play…outside. A child’s imagination is truly amazing to watch in action and I don’t want them to be crippled by the technology that we use so prevalently as parents and society. I want them to be able to have fun with what is around them. I want them to be able to figure out something to do when the power goes out. I want them to just be kids for as long as possible.
So lets get out there, have some fun and show our kids how to be kids. After all, children learn by example.