First Time Biking to School… Terrifying, yet Rewarding

My first grade son loves riding his bike.  I'm happy about that, because I do, too.  Ahhh... I foresee many grand biking adventures in our future!  So it's not surprising that he's been begging to ride his bike to school. *heavy sigh* But I have a problem with this.  You see, the unavoidable route between our home and his grade school includes a very scary road.  Narrow.  Busy.  No sidewalks.  Fast moving traffic, with a speed limit of 45 mph.  It's basically like biking on the edge of a highway.  With a 6 year old.  Terrifying. Oh, there's a bike lane.  But's it's 2 feet wide, at best. Sometimes you just have to suck it up, as a parent, and take a calculated risk.  I love the idea of riding our bikes more, and as a mode of transportation.  I love everything about it. Living an active lifestyle! Sneaking in exercise, via something that's also fun! Saving gas! Polluting less! Teaching our kids good life habits! Alright, so let's do this... Obviously, the plan is for … [Read more...]

Kids Create a Backyard Game ~ Win a Bike & Trip to San Diego from CLIF!

Looking for outdoor play ideas, now that your kids will soon be out of school on summer break?  I've recently learned about the CLIF Kid Backyard Games Contest, and wanted to pass along these exciting details for your own child to participate.   There are great prizes, and a neat website full of inspiration on backyard games to play. Create!  Play!  Win!  Get outside and dream up a fun backyard game. CLIF Kid Backyard Games Contest This contest is for kids ages 6-12, and is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside.   Not only will your kids have fun participating by creating their own backyard game, but they can also get new ideas of other games to play by checking out entries from previous years. To enter, have your child dream up a fun backyard game for them and their friends to play.  No fancy equipment, just use basic things like balls and hula-hoops.  For inspiration, you can check out past winning game ideas, and even download instructions on how to play them. You … [Read more...]