We jsut got back from a family reunion. We had a really great time. We went to a local lake and let the kids play in the water. In the afternoon it became windy. Two boys age 9 and 12 were trying their best to canoe across the water. The wind kept on pushing them back.The harder they paddled, the harder the wind blew them back. They got a great idea to turn the canoe into a sailboat.They worked hard for several hours trying to figure it out. With some logs, rope, and a sail made from a tarp, they were ready to set sail. They did not get so far before it all fell apart, but the experience was one they will not soon forget.
It was a REAL adventure. Those boys were using their skills. They were using all their senses. This was becoming a part of who they are.We all watched them struggle and grow. No one said "You can't do it!" no one discouraged them. We all knew that this was a great growing and learning opportunity for these little boys. It was wonderful that the family came together in a way to create such memories. Kids need these kinds of memories. They need real adventures, not computer generated adventures.
LET THE KIDS BE KIDS AND EXPLORE THE WORLD AROUND THEM. ENCOURAGE THEM TO HAVE REAL ADVENTURES.