Summer vacation is fast approaching and i’ve been feeling that small pit of dread in my stomach for the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love the easy breezy carefree days of summer, but what i dread is the inevitable I’M BORED that echoes out of my kids mouths EVERY SINGLE DAY if they aren’t entertained constantly.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid and the weather was nice (and even when it wasn’t) they would send my brother and I outside in the morning with the expectation that they would only see our faces again for meals and bedtime.
There were no cell phones, no texting, and no social media to keep our parents appraised of our whereabouts. Just implicit trust that we would show up at the end of the day (or one of our playmates or neighbours who would report on the location of our last sighting)
If we dared utter the words “i’m bored” we would be met with a list of chores that would “make sure we were kept busy for the rest of the day’, so outside we’d go…happily at that!
I remember playing for hours on my neighbours trampoline (and we are talking old school no nets/big open springs kind of trampoline), or playing hide and seek or kick the can (how I got my first black eye!) or hanging out in the ravine or playground. I had a great childhood, and have the memories and scars to prove it!
But these days its an entirely different story. Despite my best efforts to be an example of healthy, active and adventurous living for my boys, most days they would happily sit inside on their electronic devices and that’s both sad and disappointing. I also know that I am partially to blame for this. I’ve been nervous to allow my kids to walk to friends houses, i’ve coddled them when they get the smallest bump or bruise, i’ve met them at the bus stop every day (which is only 2 blocks away) and i’ve not allowed them to play at the park without me there.
So I know I need to let go and trust that they will be safe. I bought them a cell phone for emergencies, we have our safety “code word” and have talked about “stranger danger”. I’ve been letting them walk home alone from the bus together for the past month AND i’ve been letting them play at our local park WITHOUT me there from time to time. All good steps for all of us!
But they STILL love their screens. So what’s a mom to do?
Well this is a good start….
Our new Springfree Trampoline is not only the world’s safest trampoline, but provides HOURS of backyard fun. Long gone are the days of flying off the sides thanks to Springfree’s FlexiNet safety nets, or landing on, near or through the springs thanks to their mat rods, hidden frame and softedge mats!
Our new Springfree trampoline will be great for those days when they need to burn off some energy and stay safe within our backyard. In fact, right after this video was shot, they bounced for over an hour before they got pooped and needed to come in for a rest. BIG WIN!
We are super stoked to share our trampoline with our neighbourhood pals, have a big slam dunk contest, a trampoline sleepover, and many many WWE type throw downs in the near future! Stay tuned!
So thanks Springfree for helping get my kids off the couch for once and for ^%&*$&#( all 🙂