Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Get Your Kids Outside This Summer

Author: Jose G. Barr

We are about a third of the way through the summer and keeping Joseph active and outdoors can be challenging. Growing up I had nothing but time, my bike and imagination to enjoy the summer. Back then we did not have computers, tablets, video game systems, smartphones or any of the technology kids have available today.  So, getting them outside to have some fun can be challenging.  Here are a few ideas:

Take a Walk
It may not seem like much, but walking can have long lasting benefits for all involved. Being stationary for too long increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Joseph and I walk down to the local play area and kick the soccer ball around to get in some fun exercise. 

Go on a Hike
Over the past 20 or more years many cities have realized that they needed to improve the pedestrian friendliness of their cities. We are lucky enough to live in an amazing city called #Yucaipa here in California. This city has done a lot to make it walkable and very friendly. There are many trails both within the city and in the surrounding hillsides. I've taken my Cub Scouts on short 3 miles hikes to help reseed areas that were hit during last years wildfires.  
Go Camping
I have to say that going camping is one of my favorite ways to get outdoors and away from technology.  We have gone on several campouts with the cub scouts and have had a great time.  It is truly amazing how the boys forget about their tablets in favor of running around outside and up into the hills.  They are full of energy, right up to the point that they fall asleep in minutes after a long day having outdoor fun.  Our next campout will be coming up in a few months and Joseph and the other boys are looking forward to it.  

Take a Bike Ride
Riding a bike is one of those simple pleasures in life that has to be shared with the kids.  Ruby and I have gotten some great bikes from a bike shop in Redlands called #DonsBicycles. They make it super easy to get into bike riding as a family and provide tips for good trails to ride.  There are several good flat trails that all can enjoy without it being too difficult for the smallest members of the family.  

Play Equipment
Regardless of the size of your yard there is something that can be added to get your kids outside. Something as simple as a slide can get the kiddos to spend time outside and away from the screens.

Well there it is, one Dads ideas on getting outside and away from technology. If you have any other ideas I would love to hear from you.  Send me an email or text and I'll pull together a 2nd list from your ideas.  

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

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