ScreenStrong educates parents on the negative consequences of excessive screen use and teaches them how to incorporate healthier alternatives that rebuild relationships between their child, their family, and the real world. If you need help reducing the screen conflicts in your home, please reach out to us; we can help. We have tips and solutions for fixing screen problems and reclaiming childhood.

Play soccer in the back yard.

How many hours have your kids played soccer  barefoot in the back yard in the grass? This is another activity that can be done alone or with a friend and, yes, it involves yet another ball! Soccer is excellent exercise not to mention all the other physical and developmental benefits. The movement required to run…

Plant a garden.

It is not too late to get to work on a garden! Planting a garden is an awesome kid friendly activity. It takes some upfront prep and your boys are perfect for the job. You can do a little research and find many ways to have a successful large or small garden. The point is…

Play four square.

You don’t need a four square ball to play four square but it is pretty cool and inexpensive (under $5).  This is a fun game that everyone can play, old or young it doesn’t matter. Even grandma can join in.  The rules are simple and if you don’t have natural cracks in your driveway like we…

Sparklers and fireworks!

   This may be the single activity that is sure to get your child off the digital couch. Most boys will run out the door when the word fireworks is mentioned!  Of course you need to supervise if your child is young. Sparklers may be safer for your younger child. They are simple and very…

Wiffle balls.

A very wise mom of boys once told me that the best way to entertain a boy is to give him a ball, not a TV or a video game, but a real ball.  Any ball will do. I think about that advice often when I need a quick idea for sending my boys outside.…

Swimming.

This one is easy! What is summer without swimming! Find a pool to use and set up a regular day each week. Swim teams are great too but don’t forget how important it is for your kids to be kids and play in the pool. Let them use their imagination and make up their own games and…

Jump rope.

For boys and girls jump rope is a wonderful outdoor activity with many life long benefits. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to do for all ages, but it also meets the very important developmental and exercise needs in a fun activity.  Invest $5-6 in a rope with the rollers (the beads) found in…