I can’t find the pictures that go with this post so I had to improvise.
I am constantly telling my kids to go outside and play, to which they usually huff respectfully and then head out front and have a really good time. I know they are having a good time because we no longer have grass growing in a large section of the front yard.
Yards without kids having fun don’t look like this.
I don’t understand why they so often resist the out-of-doors because if they look bored I usually give them a chore or a list of jobs or a baby to hold, though that last one kind of backfires on me because they often argue over who gets to play with Lanie.
I think it’s important for kids to play outside. And often. Numerous times a day even. I think it’s important for them to make up new games and argue over rules and learn to work together.
I think it’s important for them to wrestle and race and contemplate whether or not they can throw a ball over the house and what is Mom going to say when we tell her the football is on the roof?
I think it’s important for them to get dirty and sweaty and scrape up their knees.
I also think it’s important that they take a shower when they come inside because have you ever smelled boy-sweat times five?
Right now there is civil unrest in many parts of our country, mostly from our younger generation, and I feel like maybe they were never been told to go play outside.
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