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Hide and seek.

    Hide and seek. This oldie but goodie childhood game was always one of my favorites! Along with all the variations of this classic play activity the standard hide and seek is still great fun. Send your kids out today for 30 minutes of hide and seek and it will open the door to more…

Fireflies.

What would childhood be without memories of catching fireflies in the yard after dark on a humid summer night?  Nothing says summer is here quite like my boys running through the back door announcing: “Mom the fireflies are out tonight!”  This is a great activity and while you may think it is a bit silly or…

Little Free library!

  This is about the coolest thing ever! When I saw this in a friends neighborhood I just had to stop and take a picture. The concept is to leave a book and take a book for your neighborhood to share. Obviously getting/building the library house takes more than 30 minutes but your kids can…

Playing catch.

Playing catch. This age old simple past time is worth re-considering especially if your son hasn’t done it in awhile. Make sure his glove fits. Find some good baseballs in the garage. Show him where he can throw away from windows. Barefoot in the grass is best. Send him outside. If he comes in after…

Jump on a trampoline.

Jump on the trampoline. We have had a trampoline in our back yard for a total of 15 years. All of our kids have loved it.  Having a trampoline has honestly been one of the best parenting decisions we have made.  I feel that not only is it good for the vestibular inner-ear development (read…

Driveway basketball.

I can’t explain how much I love this basketball hoop in our driveway.  I see it as my right hand assistant with this media management job I have. I ‘hired’ this wonderful assistant a few years ago (it was actually a hand-me-down rolled down from the neighbors driveway) and it has done an excellent job…

Early morning media.

Summer is here and while it was somewhat easy to control media use at our home during the school week, the summer schedule presents a whole new media management problem. Your sweet child who had trouble getting up for school every morning during the school year now has all of a sudden figured out how…