Welcome back to the Oola blog series. We’re getting close to finishing!
Sorry this one is so late, but it was my fear and reluctance to discuss this topic of Fun. (I’m not fun. sigh)
Check out the other posts in this series:
We’re still evaluating our standards of fun.
We don’t allow for endless mindless screen time, amusement parks, or “worthless” entertainment with no purpose. Still defining what all that means for our family. It certainly is counter-cultural in this new Rome of America.
I read an article a while back from a very legalistic Christian family who don’t allow their kids to play sports. I didn’t understand his argument, but he claimed that sports weren’t worthwhile and didn’t teach kids anything.
I certainly disagree with all of that. Our kids are encouraged to play sports, but if they’re not fun, we let them move on after a season or two. I want them to experience and test out new things.
All of our kids have played soccer. Liz played T-ball for two seasons. All of our kids have taken gymnastics lessons. The girls took dance lessons for 1 year. Liz and Tori competed in Track and Field.
But those are all very organized and not necessarily always fun.
I love this series about open-ended play.
I want to make sure our kids have enough time to play.
I worry about kids who attend school. They seem to have no time for play. Not during or after school. Too many kids are swamped with so many lessons and homework and activities that they don’t have time to be children and play.
I make sure my kids get play time. It gets more difficult the older they get, but we try to make sure there is downtime. No screens, everybody outside or doing physical activity together somehow. (But the Wii is great for that when the weather is bad.) Also Twister Hopscotch is a fun game for the family.
We love Family Time Fitness for having fun together. All sorts of playground games I almost forgot about – and relays, obstacle courses, yoga…the whole family can do it together.
So, here’s the vlog where Sinéad has a cameo and Alex tears me up with his comment.