Summertime is in full swing throughout America, and the kids are home from school. With technology the way it is, everyone is glued to their computers, iPads, phones, computers, and video games. We’re all guilty of it – even the kids. You are probably thinking to yourself, “Whatever happened to the days when the kids would actually play outside?” If you’re the mom standing at the kitchen counter, thinking to herself, “How can I get them away from their screens and get them active?” you are not alone. Many mothers and fathers struggle with this same scenario. Lionesse has some tips to get your boys and girls to back away from the electronics and engage in other activities – straight from those moms who’ve tried and succeeded.
Organize a Day Trip
Taking a day out for the entire family is a great way to get the kids away from their electronics, and focused on something else. Perhaps a day trip to the zoo, the beach, or sightseeing is all it will take – and the world around them that they probably forgot existed will help them to realize there really is more to life than video gaming. Everyone can agree to leave the electronics at home – yourself included, parents – and spend the day catching up on each other’s lives and enjoying each other’s company.
Enroll Your Children in a Summer Camp Program
Maybe you’ve been mulling over the idea of sending them off to Summer Camp. What’s there to think about? Do it! Spending a couple of weeks away at camp will help them to form new and lasting friendships, learn life skills, experience nature in ways they never have before, and it might even invoke a letter sent home telling you how much they miss and love you. Wouldn’t that be something special?
Turn the Back Yard into a Waterpark
Who needs to head out to the beach or community pool when you can turn your own backyard into a water park? With a hose, a slip-n-slide, some kiddy blow up pools, beach balls, and sprinklers, you can literally transform your backyard into something special – make a day of it! Break out the barbecue grill, cook up some hamburgers and grilled corn on the cob, lemonade, and potato salad, and spend the day having fun in the sun. But, of course, be sure to protect everyone’s skin with a good quality SPF lotion.
Go on a Family Walk or Run
Getting out and getting active during the summer is a great way to stay and keep fit – and inviting the kids along to get them to step away from their electronics is also beneficial in more ways than one.
Invest in Sports Equipment
You know that money you’ve been saving for a rainy day? Well, take that and splurge a little on some sports equipment. Maybe you could get a volleyball net and a new volleyball to put up in the backyard, or a football for a backyard game of two hand touch. Or, opt for a basketball hoop for the front yard – whatever you and your kids are into. Getting the kids active is one of the best things you can do for their health, and you will build lasting memories of family game time spent together.
Get Kids Involved in Healthy Snack Creation
Many times when kids are huddled in front of their video games, TV’s, and computers, they will mindlessly sit and snack on unhealthy junk food such as potato chips or cookies. Get the kids in the kitchen and teach them about healthy snacking and how important it is to snack in moderation. Make a summer fruit salad together, or smoothies. Limit what they eat during their gameplay, and they will more than likely want to opt for healthy lifestyle choices – including spending less time on their gaming devices and computers – and more time getting active and fit.
Take a Trip to the Library
One of the most essential things you can do with your children is instill a love of reading into their lives. Rather than allowing them to waste the summer away on electronic devices, get them into the art of reading. Reading a book can change a child’s life, teach them many things they never knew before, and open their minds to creative thinking which can help them in many different aspects of their daily lives. If they see you reading, chances are, they will want to read, too. Set a good example and pick up a book yourself when the kids are around, and tell them how great that book you are reading is. Get them interested, and implement mandatory reading time every day, whether they like it or not. One of the most important things you can do is to allow your children the freedom to read books or comic books they are interested in, to grab and keep their attention. Just be sure they are age appropriate, and the rest will fall into place.