I like to be outside. I like to be active. The most vivid memories I have of my childhood involve being outside with my family. Ponies and horses were very common at my place since my mother was a riding instructor. Holiday picnics and birthday parties were often held at our place. We had 3 acres. The natural terrain made for a great place for baseball and football games. We also had a sand volleyball court. My parents bought the land that used to be an outdoor dirt gokart track, so it ialready had fencing and the announcer’s stand converted nicely into a barn for the horses. Even though my nearest friends were miles away, they were able to walk to my place or get dropped by the bus after school.
After a few recent run-ins with kids who didn’t know how to play unless an electronic device was involved, I was saddened. But then I decided to do something about it. I have also encountered some parents who don’t know how to play with their kids. I understand work and timing, but you only get so long to install the right values and create memories.