Remember that feeling when you were a kid of winter finally being over? Time to play outside…and not come in until dinnertime only to go back out once again until you were dragged in by your mom. I remember playing games like Spud and Capture the Flag with the neighbors ALL day. I remember running through sprinklers. I remember using our imaginations to no end. Making haunted houses in the woods, doing pretend picnics in the yard, going on nature hunts. And, we never got bored.
“I just don’t want him playing in the woods“, is the one request I got from the mom of my son’s friend the other day when he was here. Keep in mind he is 13. What? The woods?
No, he wasn’t sick. No recent sitings of bears or major infestations of ticks in our yard. We live in a suburban neighborhood – our woods are hardly woods. But, no woods she said. He came over with his phone and laptop.
Recently the New York State Health Department wanted to ban games like freeze tag, red rover, and kickball from summer camps saying they are too risky for kids. A joke? No.
A homeowners association in Florida is trying to ban kids from playing outside. They actually want to fine these families $100 for playing outside in the common area of the subdivision.
What is going on? Are we supposed to just keep our kids tied up inside in some virtual world?