There is this big hill behind our house.
Nestled halfway up the hill is a small lake and a wonderful natural park with little ponds, ducks, wooden play structures, and farm animals.
My kids love this park! But we don’t go there nearly often enough.
Because we’re so busy doing grown-up stuff: home renovations, cleaning, cooking, laundry, ironing…
But you know what?
All that stuff will still be there when they’re grown and gone.
But what about memories?
Will there be memories of those spontaneous times when you said, “Let’s drop everything and go to the park and have fun”?
I want to start creating memories like those. So this week I’m starting “Friday Fun Day” for school. Each week I’ll choose a fun thing that can be educational for my children and we’ll go on an adventure.
There is a great concern today with the prevalence of hand-held devices that children are in front of screens more and outside less.
My husband recalls that when he was growing up, they were outside playing soccer, basketball and fishing all day. They’d come home to eat and go out again to resume their play.
It was very similar for me. We romped all over the neighborhood….making tunnels in the ragweed (and coming home covered in aphids), climbing trees, going on hikes in the woods behind our house, and organizing our neighborhood friends to help us dig in our back yard “down to the water” so we could have our own backyard swimming pool (my dad put the kabosh on that when he decided to plant grass).
We were adventurous….creative….and maybe a little wild and crazy.
But we have an abundance of memories.
I want the same for my kids.
I confess, we’re inside too much and outside too little.
I’m too much consumed with household chores and too little consumed with making memories.
How about you, mommy? Do you struggle with balancing housework and memories?
This post is day 4of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.