Old School Summer.

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Old School Summer.

I just read a post on FB that said something to the effect of "it's time to sign up the kids for summer activities."

I do sign my kids up for a few things during the summer, but it made me think back a little.

When I was a kid, parents didn't sign us up for anything.

Our summer activities were riding our bikes, playing baseball for countless hours, building "forts" in the woods, catching snakes, etc.

Baseball Glove

Wow.

I wonder if I should sign my kids up for that?

Don't get me wrong. I know we all work a lot and times are different. And I'm not the parent that doesn't let my kids play video games or go online. I just think they need to get more physical activity with real people.

And I think it should be a regular part of their daily routine, not just when they're forced to by being signed up for thing.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

 

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Eric, I remember spending my summers on a bicycle riding to a swim in the local lake, or climbing trees.  Like Todd said, I think we grew up in different times.  So many parents are ruled by fear that something will happen to their child, and while a healthy amount of fear and caution is certainly called for, the children are paying the price of not really getting to be kids. 

May 31, 2012 07:46 AM
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I loved the freedom I had growing up-running, climbing trees, building forts, swimming, reading. But I sure wish they had youth soccer then--I would have loved it!

May 31, 2012 09:35 AM
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Eric Michael
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Gene, that's the way it worked for me, too. My kids got a week or something planned out in the summer, but that's about it.

Laura, classic and old school are pretty much the same thing in my book.

Todd, I was the same way. My parents didn't have a clue where I was unless I came home for food.

Jared, we used to play tackle football in the street. That's how gangsta we were. Never lasted long, though. Someone always got hurt.

Amy, I agree. I'm still leary of my daughters walking home from the bus stop. But they need to get outside more!

Roger, thanks, pal. Glad you liked it!

Mike, remember if you batted right handed, anything that went into left field was an automatic out? We also drank water from a hose. A lot!

Debbie, I never went to camp. I always wanted to as a kid, but looking back, I'm fine that I didn't.

Brenda, you're right! I would get the "go outside and play. I don't want to see you til the street lights come on."

Michael, it was non-stop movement! I think it would kill most kids these days!

L or L, I'm not bashing camps, I just think they don't need to be signed up for them all summer long!

Maureen, sometimes I wish I could go back to those days. Especially being in this business :)

Mary Elizabeth, Saturday morning cartoons was the bomb! Spongebob had NOTHING on our shows!

Richie, as you know, family, especially my kids, are extremely important to me. Thanks, pal.

Dick, you're right. I can remember digging a massive hole for 2 days in the woods on a trail, making a giant ramp to jump my bike over. You think kids these days would go through all that hassle just to wreck dramatically like we did? haha

Sandy, I don't let my kids roam at all! I'm just saying that I wish they'd want to go out and play with their friends instead of us signing them up to things so they get exercise.

Adam, thanks!

Christine, that's just it. Going out an playing IS part of being a kid!

Margaret, urban legends of today had nothing on when we were kids.

Justin, it's amazing. Sign them up for something like gymnastics and when it's time to go they all of a sudden don't feel like it. That never would fly when I was a kid.

Pat, I try to spend some time with my kids doing things. It's not the same as when we were younger, but they get it.

Lottie, thanks for coming by. I'm not knocking organized sports by any means. I played baseball in leagues all my life growing up.

May 31, 2012 07:18 PM
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When I was growing up, not only could my parents not afford to sign us up for anything, we had no way to get there! We only had one vehicle.

We also played baseball, built go carts, had China berry fights, and searched for the oddest thing in the nearby woods. I think I had so much fun that I hope that our kids can have that experience.

June 01, 2012 07:56 PM
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Sussie, that's true. I wish that my kids would have the same kind of fun that we had.

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