So, I’m 44 and if you are about that age you might have had a childhood like mine. You know, the kind without internet? The kind where your mom pretty much kicked you out of the house until dinner time?
So what did we even do without the internet?
Actually, I remember having a hell of a good time. Hop scotch, riding bikes in canals (my mom would have KILLED me if she knew), jump rope contests and such. I still remember my best friend and I were swimming in the canals (no alligators in Arizona) and an elderly lady actually stopped on the side of the road to yell at us and tell us all about leeches. We were very grossed out and got out of the disgusting leech water until she was out of sight. We never did see a leach but you can bet we checked for them often. We just weren’t quite freaked out about it to quit our fun in the (thinking back on it totally gross, I’d kill my kids if they did that…) water.
Every once in a while I will subject my kids to pieces of my childhood while telling them how great it is. They did like The Breakfast Club. Even I don’t know how I ever loved the Benji movies. Sorry Benji.
The other day I amazed my 5 year old nephew with my mad hop scotch skills. Just saying.
But my biggest win to date? the other night I challenged my younger two to an Indian leg wrestling match. I totally beat them both twice. Then they figured it out and I was screwed, but still. We have not all laughed so hard for as long as I can remember. My older son and his girlfriend came over the next night, we showed them and it was on all over again. You have GOT TO try this with your kids. Don’t know what I am talking about? Here’s a You Tube video showing you how it’s done. My bummer children of the corn would not let me film them. 🙁
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTZ9OIKFKYQ?rel=0] It may be called leg wrestling but it is a hell of a core workout if you do enough in a row. You have been warned.
So go challenge your kids to a leg wrestling match and I challenge YOU not to laugh your you-know-what off. Who said exercise had to be an actual workout? The come back and let me know who won – I’m betting on you!