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Three ways you can help your kids enjoy the outdoors

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

When I was a boy I took every opportunity to ride into town with my mom when she needed to go grocery shopping. In town, they had all the things a boy needed – comic books, toy aisles and even arcade games. In those days and in that town, it was no big deal to be dropped off at one store while your mom shopped elsewhere. It was 1980-something, the “golden age of arcade video games,” I played Pac-Man and Gauntlet and Spy Hunter until I ran out of quarters. Mom would finish her shopping, then we would head home and I wouldn’t play again until the next time we came to town.

I don’t play video games much these days. My sons, Caleb and Jake, have picked up where I left off. But it’s not quite the same. What was once a special treat enjoyed sporadically, has become something bordering on an obsession for my boys. As their father, my stress doesn’t come from defending some pixilated moon base, but from keeping Caleb and Jake from spending all their free time in front of the screen.

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