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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…

Lightning bolt baseball.

Most of the ideas I share this summer will be cost free. However, I think that the investment of this Sklz baseball pitching machine is worth every penny (and less than the cost of a video game). Remember that your son or daughter does not need to be on a baseball team to get the…

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…

Draw.

Drawing outside. Who says you have to be inside to draw? Give your boys some paper and crayons or markers and send him outside in the shade. Give them a theme if they can’t get started: a tree, a flower, a bird, the car or simply tell them to draw something they see outside. Why…

Swing.

   Swing. Right up there with throwing the football and climbing a tree, swinging is a foundational developmental necessity of childhood. Mom may not understand all the science behind it but she knows that there is something important about that swing. The vestibular system is very important in a child’s development and nothing activates it…

Go to the ATM every day!

We covered a lot of info last week on the developmental needs of children. If you are like me, it is hard to remember all the dentist appointments, school meetings and groceries, so how am I going to remember the three most important developmental ingredients to my child’s day?  Remember ATM ( Attachment, Touch, Movement) every…

Climb a tree.

Climb a tree. I know it may feel a little dangerous for mom,  but tree climbing (or climbing anything) it is a childhood developmental milestone and is a skill that your child should practice on a regular basis.  This takes some practice and chances are that if he doesn’t spend much time outside he has…