We are having a freerange summer over at Mum in the Madhouse . I want to encourage my boys to get out and about and have fun in the sun we were (and hopefully will have again) having. I want them to choose outdoor activities over electronics and indoor activities. I want them to make up their own games and learn the joy of getting hot, mucky and only coming home when you are thirsty and hungry.
I am learning that this is not always practical. Yes it sounds idyllic, but the world has moved on since I was the boys age over thirty years ago!
So I am trying to give the boys options and hope that they make the best choices.
We have sorted though all our Xbox games and sent any the boys no longer played with to Music Magpie. It was really easy, in fact the boys did it themselves using the scanner tool. I told then they they could have the cash we made to spend however they wish.
As I sit and type this I can hear my boys and three others from the street playing cricket in our garden. This makes me really happy.
So I have bought books and outdoor toys, such as cheap tennis rackets and balls and a couple of small cricket bats and they are making there own choices about what to do. I have limited screen time to 2 hours per day and none after 6pm.
I have not stopped all planned activity. Oh no we are having days out when and where we can, but I am being more relaxed about bedtimes and have filled the fridge up with cold squash in containers they can pour and said they can share it with their friends. I am operating an open gate policy in allowing play in the garden (as long as they look after the puppy).
Oh dear, that is another tenis ball over the neighbours garden. I better find a good source of cheap tennis balls!