Thursday, February 18, 2010
With bitter cold temperatures and more snow than I can remember as an adult, this winter has been a tough one on kids. Blizzard condition snow days mean the kids are getting cooped up and re-addicted to video games. This week, however, things have changed a little. High temps have been around 25-30. As the kids come home from school, I grab their backpacks and send the kids back outside.
Three simple rules:
1. Play with the twins. I have six kids, the oldest is 13, taller than me, and has a voice deeper than his dad's. The youngest two are four-year old twins, a boy and a girl, both getting extremely bored this winter. The middle three are 11, 10, and 8.
2. Everyone outside. They can invite friends over, which increases the excitement, but everyone must stay OUTSIDE.
3. Watch out for kids smaller than you. I can have anywhere from just my six kids in the yard, to about 15 kids total running around. They all need to watch out for the smaller ones.
In the summertime, we frequently have Nerf battles raging on our property. My oldest convinced some friends to come over with the promise of a winter Nerf battle. It's fun to watch kids of all ages plotting, ambushing, hiding, and just plain running around. Yesterday, one of the twins was on the same team as my oldest. I think the older kids love hamming it up for the twins, especially with their "death scenes." They'll let the twins shoot a dart at them, then comes the melodramatic falling to the ground, gripping their injuries. They even let the twins capture them and take them prisoner.
I dread the spring thaw. The yard will be too soggy then to let the kids run around. For now, they can have all the Nerf battles they want, unknowingly getting the exercise they need. Who knows? Maybe even their dad will get up from his computer and join the fun.