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Tips to Get Your Kids Unplugged and Outside This Summer

Summertime for kids used to be a time to go biking with friends, lake and beach trips, and most children’s summer goals were to be outside from dawn to dusk. But that’s not what many children seem to be interested in.

4 Tips to Help Your Kids Get Unplugged, off the Screens and out the Door

If your dad or mom guilt is growing, because you feel your kids have already maximized their screen time for the entire Summer, then these tips are for you:

  1. Set The Example For Your Kids
  2. Children grow by example and the best ones to set these examples are their parents. They mimic what Children mimic what they see their parents do. So, if mom and dad think sitting on the coach and using technology is the best way to spend free time, then the children will want to do the same.

    Going out for family time, no matter what the reason (playtime, errands, exercise) can be a great example for kids and a positive way to strengthen family relationships.

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  3. Give Your Children Opportunities to Choose Activities
  4. While you think you might have the best idea for your kids as far as activities are concerned, it can also be a good idea to involve your kids in the selection process. This is a great way to encourage positive behaviors, especially at a time when kids are most likely to be hot and cranky.

    If your family needs some inspiration, there are plenty of great websites that list fun, Summer activities for everyone to enjoy. you can look for a summer activity list. You and your children can either pick and choose from an activity list or use it as the family summer checklist.

  5. Institute A Technology Time Limit
  6. A technology time limit is also a great way to decrease their screen time with as little negative feedback as possible. Keeping them informed of their allotted time is also a great way to teach them about time management and a nice trick to keeping temper tantrums at bay.

    Have technology “blackout” times throughout the day so your kids can get some sunshine and some much needed exercise. It doesn’t just promote good health, but encourages positive behavior as well.

    Parents can use the American Academy of Pediatrics digital media use guidelines. And keep in mind, that adhering to your own rules will carry more weight with your children. So, if you set a ” blackout” time, you should probably do the same.

  7. Improve Your Outdoor Spaces
  8. A weed-choked, neglected yard is appealing to no one and can even be dangerous for your children to play in. But you don’t have to make the yard perfect before your children can enjoy your family’s outdoor spaces.

    Involve your children where you can in improving your outdoor spaces. While children may not enjoy cleaning, having a hand in creating their own play space can invest your children into the outside area more than you fix it up on your own. Also, having an exciting yard can also help your kids become interested in exercise. Some ways to improve your cleaned up yard to be more attractive to your children are:

    • Build a treehouse<
    • Set up a small kiddie pool
    • Hang a tree swing
    • Create a sandbox


Summers fly by and spending the summer months indoors in front of a screen will not yield the fond summer memories most of us parents cherish. So, help your kids off the screen and don’t let your children miss out on creating their own special summer memories.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a Writer. Blogger. Communicator. As a happily married father with two amazing kids, he is always learning helpful ways to keep a family active, healthy and happy. Kevin's areas of focus include: health and fitness for all ages, a love of researching family fitness, nutrition, and how to fit workouts into the busy lives we have. Kevin works with multiple fitness companies and organizations such as NordicTrack. Feel free to connect with Kevin on: LinkedIn | Twitter

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  • You ate absolutely right that kids learn anf follow what they see. Encouraging them to spend time out doors is a great way. A foolproof way I use with my kids is a picnic in the park or darden they love it.

  • Nice read Kevin!

    It still surprises me how little time people spend talking/playing/connecting with their kids. We are all so busy with work, friends, sports and kids either at school, or enjoying extra curricular activities, that its almost a no-brainer that the little time we have to actually be together, should be unplugged. To enjoy some real face time.

    Definitely a challenge in this digital age, but so much easier than everybody thinks. Thanks for offering an helping hand!

  • I really appreciate these tips. You are right children always imitate what they see therefore, it is up to us what we want them to learn.

  • These tips are really helpful, and I love the idea that kids should get unplugged from technology even just in summer. I think the no.1 tip is the best since as parents we should lead by example.

  • Those are all wonderful suggestions! It’s good for the kids to be active this summer especially with the school being out. Having them plan and choose activities is a great idea!

  • These are all great tips to get the kiddos outside I tend to take away electronics from time to time. Not as a punishment, just to ensure they learn to balance their time.

  • off course. I definitely agree with the points you made in the post. it is essential to set a limit and be a good role model for the kids

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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a Writer. Blogger. Communicator. As a happily married father with two amazing kids, he is always learning helpful ways to keep a family active, healthy and happy. Kevin's areas of focus include: health and fitness for all ages, a love of researching family fitness, nutrition, and how to fit workouts into the busy lives we have. Kevin works with multiple fitness companies and organizations such as NordicTrack. Feel free to connect with Kevin on: LinkedIn | Twitter