Now, I am not saying that I am innocent, as I sit here plugged into my computer, but what I saying is that the most important thing we need to learn and teach our children is to set limits. We tell our children all the time, "It's ALL about moderation". Not that you can't play a video game, but you should also play outside. Not that you can't have a treat, but you also need to eat something healthy. Give yourself equal amounts of things. Don't go overboard on any one thing.
|Half Dome April 2010|
Ironically, our children think that all kids get to do these cool things. They do not realize how lucky they are. They easily jump from one to other - being "unplugged" for a week, enjoying nature, or spending an entire day battling blobs on a video game. They enjoy both. The best thing, they will go off and adventure together and create their own games.
Speaking of Yosemite and enjoying nature, All of the national parks offer free days each year.
America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:
- January 15-17
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
- April 16-24
(National Park Week)
- June 21
(First day of summer)
- September 24
(Public Lands Day)
- November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)
Slow down and enjoy a day with your family!