I've decided to consolidate my blogs and bring my old blogs to this one. So Thurs/Fri blogs will be my oldies but still relevant blogs. This article I wrote an year ago and it fits in with my 7 ways to Distract a Digital game obsessed kid that I wrote earlier this week.
Saturday was spent gaming. Not me, my kids. Drove me nuts. Such a beautiful day and they stayed indoors. Even when I told them they had to get off electronics for a couple of hours they spent those hours indoors. So Sunday morning, they raked. I know it seems like punishment but really it's a family event. DH cut up the branches left behind from Hurricane Sandy. My girls raked and I filled the bags.
|Allowing the kids to make a fire is always a plus during our weekend raking|
|A great way to get exercise and to get outdoors|
I've gotten into the habit of starting a fire in our fire pit while the girl rake up their piles. Here and there everyone adds sticks, twigs, logs and stand for a couple of minutes by the fire to warm their hands. When the raking is complete, we roast marshmallows.
They got sun, they got exercise, they got fresh air and they got marshmallows. Yes there was some complaining and they took frequent breaks but the benefits far outweighed the frustrations.