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  • Blog, Exercise, Tom

    Get the kids outside. Try to find a Geocache.

    Indiana Jones, Goonies, and National Treasure are just a few of the movies I grew up with! What kid, or adult, doesn’t love the idea of hunting for a treasure, trying not to get caught, and hopefully finding the treasure? Sure, nowadays kids use Pokémon Go, but if you want to get your kids interacting with the real world, check out the Geocaching app.

    Let’s face it, it gets them outside, kills some time, and teaches them about maps and how to use them. What more could you ask for? You would be amazed at the random spots you can find “Caches”. We have been visiting friends west of Topeka, staying with family in Washington, or just trying to plan a new running/biking route based on the locations close to me and have still been able to find a nearby Cache. At the very least, it is easy entertainment at an affordable price. Just remember, don’t get caught by the muggles. (A term cleverly used from the Harry Potter Movies to describe someone who does not know about Geocaching)

  • Blog, Exercise, Tom

    Moving into Summer: One Dad’s way of Staying ahead of his kids

    Moving into Summer with kids is always tough…here’s one Dad’s advice!

    I have three very active little boys, twin 7-year-olds and a 3-year-old. As my household transitions over from the indoor winter hermit to the outdoor action hero’s and superstar athletes, we have one mantra in the house “Wear them out”. That’s right, take those kids and go do anything that makes them use their brains and brawn. The days are longer so there is time to play catch, kick a ball, and bike ride after you get home from work. Simple activities give me a chance to talk to my kids… not just at them.

    I am a big believer that shared experiences lead to shared motivation and goals, which lead to opportunities to talk. I also try to get the kids involved in any of my big “Honey Do Tasks”. It does slow the process down, but it has always amazed me how much confidence, skill, and can-do attitude it has built in my boys. You should hear them talk about the next project they want to do… and a lot less about watching TV and playing on an iPad. Nothing drives me more crazy then to hear my kids whine about wanting to watch someone else do something that they could do or learn to do on YouTube.

    Here is our Summer Bucket-List! Feel free to borrow it!

    1. Try Geocaching, letterboxing, or another form of treasure hunting
    2. Find a Nature Trail to hike
    3. Build a project together- Picnic Table and an outdoor couch
    4. Camping and Fishing
    5. Sports
    6. Moving rocks and digging a hole in the yard- it’s hilarious, its the same pile we move back and forth I just find different reasons to move them around
    7. Sidewalk Chaulk- Speed Ladder, Hop Scotch,
    8. Bike Ride- I have to pull my youngest in a trailer, but he is a good for laughs as a  backseat driver.
    9. Current Project- Backyard Obstacle Course
    10. Work towards earning the boys’ Theatre Badge for Scouts