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Are you in the age group that remembers when a few old blankets were the makings of a perfect fort, and the most drama you and your friends had to deal with was weather to play pirates or cowboys? If you are, then it can be hard to see your perfectly healthy son curled up on his bed with his iPod in hand in the middle of a sunny summer afternoon. You’ve probably asked yourself, “Is this really healthy?”
A 2010 Kaiser Foundation Study found that children and teens on average spend almost 8 hours each day on entertainment media. The ugly truth is that technology is here for the long haul, and your child’s love of it isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to break your boy’s addiction to electronics and rekindle their adventurous spirit.
First, encourage them to explore those things that interest them, and to do so in a hands-on manner. If your child loves science, then get him an simple science experiment kit appropriate for his age group, and let him learn first hand. If he loves bugs, get him a bug magnifying glass and let him get down and dirty in the mud. If it’s a fascination with the outdoors, then a simple survival book and a Swiss Army Knife will be the beginning of a life-long love of nature. Boys tend to thrive when they can learn by “doing”, and there’s no better time to start than when they are young and naturally curious.
Second, inspire your children’s love of learning and adventure through stories. Inspiring true stories such as Lightkeepers, The Ten Boys Boxed Set or Normandy – A Graphic History of D-Day can inspire your children to do and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Fictional stories about heroes and warriors can broaden their horizons and teach them to dream big.
Third, be a good example. Be active yourself so the next time you encourage your teenager to get outside and explore the world they can’t say, “But you never do!” Better yet, be active and learn together as a family. Take the time for a family hike or an afternoon together at your local historical society. Whatever your chosen family activity, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow together. A life-long love of adventure may start when you are young, but a true adventurous spirit never withers.
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