Spring is here!! We adjusted our clocks, the sun is out earlier, and our days are longer. Yesterday’s rain reminded me of the adage “April showers bring May flowers.” Sure there is a LOT of pollen out but it promises to be an even more vibrant and lush spring bloom.
Kids love getting outside and as the weather warms up please give them that opportunity…of course, I’d also encourage you to let your kids stomp in the mud on a rainy weekend, but that is beside the point. Get outside and live!
I realize that sometimes making the time can be difficult. One big challenge we are faced with is disconnecting/unplugging: TVs, computers, tablets, video game consoles, smart phones, even our music recording devices have video games on them these days* and they are everywhere!
How long has it been since you last checked your Facebook account? Email? Text messages? Twitter? LinkedIn? Pinterest? Staying connected to the internet and the virtual world has become a societal norm, but at what cost?
According to everybody’s favorite source of truth(?), Wikipedia, ” Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.”
As we move into a new season, I ask that you put your technology aside, temporarily, take your kids outside, and let them explore the real world around them. Let them find new and wonderful things just outside your home. (Already been there? Did that, you say? Okay. Take them to a park, go fly a kite at Chrissy Fields, Shoreline, or Sunset Beach, head out for a nice bike ride, or a jog.) Oh! I nearly forgot…
Don’t get so caught up in enjoying your kids experience that you forget to explore too!
*Last weekend my daughter found a second gen iPod nano in a drawer. We formatted it, added her tunes, and low and behold, I heard her exclaim, “Cool! This thing has music and Solitaire on it!…What’s Solitaire daddy?”