Never Stop Playing

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Running. Jumping. Digging. Walking. Skipping.

Playing.

I’m always amazed at kids. Their energy is endless. Their minds are so creative.

If you asked a child to “go play” what would they do?

Run. Jump. Toss. Kick. Skip. Hop. Use their imagination in countless ways making up the rules for new games and beyond.

Play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities. It’s hard to believe that 70% of moms played outside when they were kids whereas 31% of their kids play outside today.

31%!!! I was floored by that statistic.

As a kid it’s second nature to play. It’s what you do. You are in a constant state of motion. You don’t consider it exercise. But at a certain point in the life cycle, play takes on a different term. Movement becomes exercise. And in the process, a lot of people get turned off by it and stop doing it. Play becomes a dirty four letter word.

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I always thought that happened later in life but maybe it’s happening earlier?

Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society. When we don’t have that foundation as a kid, what happens when you become an adult?

Like a lot of kids born in the 70s and 80s, we grew up playing outside. We were told not to come home till the street lights came on during summer vacation. We rode our bikes everywhere. My dad went so far to remove a piece of our TV so we couldn’t watch it during the summer. Back then it was the worst thing ever but now I think it’s quite funny. But you know what? We survived and thrived every summer because of it.

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Times are definitely different. Letting your kids wander around town all day long is kind of frowned upon by the authorities. But that doesn’t mean you should lock your kids in the house and never let them see the light of day!

With my kids, I’m teaching them to look at play and therefore, exercise, as fun. I want them outside every single day. It’s easy during the summer. Who wants to be inside on a gorgeous day? But with the school year about to begin, we’ll continue to find places of play. Sure they have gym class, recess and sports but there’s still room for more play.

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We are fortunate to have a large backyard that is perfect for playing. Kicking the soccer ball around, digging in the dirt, swinging on their swings, playing catch or Frisbie – the possibilities are endless. Ron even made a zip line for the kids recently. Ok, we say it’s for the kids but Ron and I use it too. Now that is pure play fun!

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Fueling play is just as important. CLIF Kid Zbar® has important nutrients for active kids. Made with organic ingredients and are non-GMO, there’s no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor or synthetic preservatives to make you wonder what exactly are you eating. It’s just the right portion size for kids in flavors that they love. And adults love them too. I’m quite fond of the Iced Oatmeal Cookie flavor. It’s so good!

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To see a great reminder of why play is so important, be sure to check out this CLIF Kid video.

The biggest thing is that my kids see Ron and I playing alongside them. By setting an example, they are more likely to follow along. How can I tell them to go play outside while I’m sitting inside working on the computer or watching TV? Our places of play are everywhere. The world is your playground. Play on it!

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Make play a priority in your families life. Your kids need it!

What do you do to encourage play?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

What’s for Dinner? {Week of August 28}

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Hey there!

It’s the weekend before school starts here so we are trying to pack in some fun before the daily weekly routine begins again.

Although my kids have school for two days before having a 4 day weekend for the Labor Day. We don’t want to jump right into school just yet. It’s better to ease in!

Back to school means back to packing lunches everyday. I’m planning on prepping with my kid’s favorite Easy Morning Glory Muffins and some cookie balls. Maybe Coconut Apricot Bites and 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites?

Our weekend plans for next week are still up in the air. I had hoped to run the Jay Peak Trail Festival – NOT the 25 or 50k but the three 5k races back to back to back. It’s aptly named Trail Runners with Issues because why else would you want to run a Black Diamond, Blue Square and Green Circle course all in one morning? But the hotel situation is looking a little slim. And I don’t want to sleep in my car so… We’ll see what I can work out.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled Fish Tacos

Monday: Grilled Chicken + Pizza Pasta Salad

Tuesday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Wednesday: First day of school + sports practice = quick dinner of pick your egg + veggies

Thursday: Grilled Salmon + Kale Blueberry Salad

Friday: travel?

Saturday: Out if traveling

Linking up with Laura for more meal planning ideas.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Time to spread some good pics and good news from the week.

5 from Instagram

Running down a dream. Does anyone else get running songs stuck in their head during a run? Tom Petty was my ear worm for yesterday’s run.

Running bloggers NOT running. Lol. I had a great time hanging out with Sarah (with her little guy in tow) and Sandra at the Merrimack Premium Outlets doing some Back to School shopping for the kiddos and ourselves. Because even mom’s need need clothes, right? Thanks for inviting us to shop MPO! FYI – there’s tons of deals going on right now!

Sweaty hair and a sunrise. The perfect way to start the day.

One of my fav post run stretches. Especially when it’s after a 10 mile run that I had very low expectations for. It turns out letting go of expectations really does help. The run went really well! Elsa does know something after all!

Throwing it WAY back for #tbt. Me circa 1st grade 1984. Please don’t tell me you weren’t even born yet. :)

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5 Things

Meb’s Final Games – Did anyone else tear up during the Men’s Olympic Marathon last Sunday and then start clapping like a fool? What a race and Meb…oh Meb. What a stand up guy. Too have fallen like that at the finish line. I think I would have just crawled across the line and then waited for someone to cart me off.

American Runner Receives Special Olympic Medal – When Abbey and Nikki collided in the 5,000 meter heat at the Olympics, it was heartbreaking. But what came next was amazing. Good sportsmanship is still very much alive.

Why Multitasking is Pretty Much the Worst – After having met Liza for the first time a couple of weeks ago during the Stonyfield Farm Tour, I was thrilled to find that she now has a blog. She’s one cool lady with a lot of wisdom. Read up and follow through!

Your _____ Doesn’t Define You – If you aren’t familiar with Erin’s blog, you need to stop everything and go there now. Don’t fall into the label trap. You are your own person. Own it.

Best Adventure Books for Kids – Check out my latest article for Activekids.com. I’m sharing 7 Adventure Books that kids will love. My own kids love The Magic Tree House Series and Nim’s Island. Ok, I love them too!

What would you like to High 5 today?

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