Hey All!

I had a conversation recently that made me examine what it takes to raise kids nowadays.

We have a million and one distractions coming at us from every which way. 

We have to deal with school, after school events, doctors appointments and homework, and of course whatever else WE, their parents, have to do. 

That can be a lot!

As a father of two kids in Elementary and Middle school (and not actually having all that much money) I have to be careful how I spend money.

This summer, my wife and I decided to get the kids set up to go to our local YMCA for a weekly camp where they get to swim regularly and hang with other kids. They also get to go out on Wednesdays on special Field Trips to different places. 

We quickly realized how dumb (financially) that was. 

That's not to say that the kids haven't enjoyed the experience, but we somehow burnt through ALL of our money every week. So it's been a lot more difficult to be consistent with it than we at first thought. 

My only real issue with it is the weekly cost. For both kids, we have to pay more than $150. 

Now, for two kids going to a day camp 5 days a week from 9am until around 6pm, that isn't bad at all. 

Unfortunately, I don't actually make the kind of money I need to in order to cover that cost and still make all the other payments that I'm responsible for. So it's been interesting. 

Anyway, that's just my experience with my own kids this summer. 

I'm sure you've got your own "Laundry List" of To-Do's. 

The one thing that I can honestly and sincerely say is the best possible course of action, is to get the kids out of the house!

I don't know about your experiences, but my kids really like to have me go outside with them. They have a little wooden bat and a whole lot of different sized balls that they like to practice hitting. It's become one of their favorite games to play in our backyard. 

We also go on bike rides whenever we can. 

There are all sorts of things we can do outside and simply doing things together is really what they want. 

When we aren't doing things outside together, sometimes they just want to sit and watch TV. However, my wife is not really a fan of them turning into Potatoes so they only get an average of about 15 minutes a day, if at all. 

Their most common past time, if I don't go outside with them, is to read.

I know, we're all nerds. 

But that's okay. 

Reading is fundamental! 

At least that's what I was always told. 

Anyway, that's what's going on in my little household. 

How about you? 

I hope you take the time to get out and play with your kids, because THAT is all they really want anyway. 

I hope you're enjoying your summer! 

See ya soon!

Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst