Remember when we were growing up and we would play outside -- pretty much all day in the summer? How much time are our kids spending outside now? And, almost as important, how much of that time is for "free" or creative play. I remember building forts, playing "house", "castle" or hundreds of other imaginative games outside with other kids in the neighborhood.
Now, think about how much time your kids are spending outside in free play? Are they having opportunity to explore their surroundings? Have they seen an ant carrying food back to the nest? Do they know that if you peek at the underside of an old log on the ground, you'll find all sorts of living creatures to watch?
Can you find some time this weekend to get the family outside, with the only plan being not to have one? Can you find an outdoor area without a playground and help teach your kids to explore and play in nature? Can you remember some of the fun you had outdoors growing up? Please feel free to share your stories!