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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…

Chalk.

 Sidewalk chalk. Chalk is great fun for your little kids but don’t rule out the big kids with this outdoor activity! Teens can come up with some beautiful sidewalk art…You can give them a theme or just hand over the bucket of sidewalk chalk and see what they create. I have seen small cities, animals…

Bugs.

Bug catching in the back yard. Snakes and snails and… bugs! That’s what boys are made of!  Bug collecting or just catching bugs is a wonderful necessary thing for a kid to do. Mom don’t get in the way of letting this happen. Keep mayo jars handy for the brief bug hotel (just a day…

Fire!

  Build a fire in the middle of the day. Boys LOVE fire! Am I right?! I bet I got your attention with this suggestion; send your son in the back yard to start a fire! I promise that will get him off his game! Do you have a fire pit? An inexpensive one from…