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Unplugging and kicking the kids outside for summer.

With summer vacation just around the corner many parents are wondering what in the world they are going to do with their kids since school will be out.  I know this because I'm wondering the same thing.  I want to keep all four of them occupied without them being plugged to some sort of electronic gadget all day.  Sure sure, it makes our life a bit easier to let them watch TV all day, play XBox all day or Facebook from their IPod all day but it's not healthy.

We as parents need to encourage our kids to unplug and head outside.  Go ride their bike, play basketball or even read a book in the shade of a tree in the backyard. 

Here are some of the things that I will be doing on a weekly basis once school's out.

Public Pool.  My goal is to take them kids two times a week so that they can mingle with their peers from school.

Public Library.  Once a week visit to check out some books, movies or audio CD's to encourage them to use their imagination.

Free Events.  Check the local paper for free days at certain venues like museums, build it shops and the movies.

Days of Rest.  There's nothing wrong with staying at home being lazy.  I highly recommend it myself.  Everyone needs to unwind and you don't have to entertain the kids every single day that school's out for summer break. 

I know that it won't be as easy as it appears because the kids will have their own idea of things to do.  Just so the bickering is at a minimum then anything can be arranged. 

What will you do to keep the kids entertained this summer while schools out?


RedMelD said…
Since we just moved among 1400 acres of woodland on the river, we plan to spend time hiking, fishing, swimming, camp fires, and hardly leaving home!! Bring the kids and come join us!!!
TJ said…
Jane and I get to go to speech and language camp at JMU for 4 weeks! Woot woot!

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