Outdoor Play Makes the Most Perfect Day

School is almost out. If you want your children to play like good brothers and sisters, you have to find a way to entertain them. What are you going to do to make the day go by?

Why not spend the day outside.

Just yesterday, Kaden, Mariah, Isaiah, and I spent five hours outdoors. After loading on the sunscreen, we did everything imaginable- played basketball, threw the football, hit a few baseballs, and chased some rabbits. It was the best day in a long time (you've read my post about depression).

Mariah attempting to chase a rabbit.

There were times when I played referee. I never realized how competitive children are. They argued about who goes first, who touched the base, what was considered a foul ball, and even who had the most water in their cup. I watched in amazement at all the possible situations they placed themselves in. I let them work-out it out. There was no physical fight, so it was not necessary to intervene the whole time.

Mariah did not let these boy-inspired activities ruin her day. She got down and dirty in all the action (unless this is her using the potty in an inconspicuous way).

I like outdoor play. It seems to make bedtime come much faster. Besides the added benefit of having a sleepy child at bedtime, outdoor play allows children the exercise they need to stay healthy. My son goes to gym class 2 out of 5 days at school. In high school, you only need 1/2 credit of gym to graduate. I think this is unacceptable. Everyone needs to be active. This is one reason why it's important to continue play once your child is home from school. This is a great way to bond and share the day with your family as well. Just think of all the memories you will create. Doesn't hurt that you aren't inside burning electricity either.

Get up! Get out! Go play! You will truly make the day memorable.

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