Old School Summer.

Real Estate Agent with Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

Old School Summer.

I just read a post on FB that said something to the effect of "it's time to sign up the kids for summer activities."

I do sign my kids up for a few things during the summer, but it made me think back a little.

When I was a kid, parents didn't sign us up for anything.

Our summer activities were riding our bikes, playing baseball for countless hours, building "forts" in the woods, catching snakes, etc.

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I wonder if I should sign my kids up for that?

Don't get me wrong. I know we all work a lot and times are different. And I'm not the parent that doesn't let my kids play video games or go online. I just think they need to get more physical activity with real people.

And I think it should be a regular part of their daily routine, not just when they're forced to by being signed up for thing.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.



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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Those were the days Eric..............I remember them well.  Love your take on this!

May 29, 2012 09:14 PM #15
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Eric, my wife and I just had this conversation.  I remember we would go out around 9 am and play baseball until 3-4 pm.  No lunch, no water and only 6-8 players.  We had to learn to make things work with that number, and we loved it.  We would shoot basketball for 5-6 hours hours and then do something else.  Most of us were pretty fit and tough, and our parents rarely came by or even watched us.  Ironically, most of  us grew up with high self-esteem, great problem-solvers and very independent.  I'll take the "old school summer" any day.

May 29, 2012 09:30 PM #16
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

When I was younger (maybe starting at age 6 or 7), my parents always signed us up for stuff...mainly camp.  We had day camp where we learned lots of fun stuff.  I think things were more casual back then, but I always enjoyed it.  When I got older, then it was sleepaway camp, which I loved, but I don't think my parents were too crazy about.

May 29, 2012 09:33 PM #17
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

These days we probably need to force our kids to some outdoor stuff.  They are plugged in all of the time and getting them outside and in some fresh air with physical activity is a must that they just don't get sometimes, (but we do).  Heck, I remember when my mom wouldn't let me in the house lol :)!  

May 29, 2012 10:06 PM #18
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Eric, same here! All the kids in the neighborhood would get together and play ball most of the time. We also put many miles on our bicycles.

May 29, 2012 10:20 PM #19
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

Summer is an exciting time, for parents and kids, The Boys & Girls clubs locally and the YMCA, have great programs for kids to enjoy and so very affordable, the weather here in San Diego is great so kids can spend a lot of time out doors.

May 29, 2012 11:40 PM #20
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I had forgot building forts and catching snakes.... I remember just playing all day long, swimming, softball, kick ball and riding bikes.  

May 29, 2012 11:46 PM #21
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Riding bikes, climbing trees, riding bikes, picking honeysuckle (for that one tiny drop of "honey") and blackberries, riding bikes, going to the pool to swim...and all before dinner. Then after dinner, flashlight tag and catching fireflies. I think the only time I watched tv at all during the summer was Saturday morning cartoons!

May 29, 2012 11:58 PM #22
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My wife always made sure that the kids were a part of so many things and of course that included us. Now, fast forward into the future and all I hear is the fond memories of having done so....Yes to activities anywhere anytime and always participate as a family too

May 30, 2012 12:28 AM #23
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Eric - You and I used to have the same summers, but it's a different world today, and the kids have different interests. I don't think many of them know how to play unsupervised sports, and there don't seem to be many stands of urban, or even suburban, woods left to creep around in. But they seem equally happy to be done with school for a while.

May 30, 2012 12:30 AM #24
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Eric, sounds like you had a great childhood and even better that your kids can still do that today. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with woods around their neighborhoods, nor neighborhoods that allow for kids to be gone safely all day playing. I wish it were different, but my grandkids have to go to camp or get signed up for safe activities.

May 30, 2012 01:15 AM #25
Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest

Eric my friend I could not agree more. 

May 30, 2012 02:57 AM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Eric - We're trying to balance it.  We don't want to overload them and think they need some time just to be kids.

May 30, 2012 04:59 AM #27
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I remember searching for frogs all summer long, packing up the car and going to the local pond to swim with my mother and brother, and running in the nearby woods. 

On the boardwalk through the woods to the pond there was a little bridge and we were always in awe of it because Wyatt Earp was supposedly buried underneath it.  Oh the stuff we believed - no kid today would fall for that!

May 30, 2012 06:55 AM #28
Justin Dibbs
Pearson Smith Realty - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

Couldn't have said it better myself.  Most of the activities the kids sign up for these days are too short, like 30 minutes once a week.

May 30, 2012 08:56 AM #29
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Eric, I remember spending my summers on a bicycle riding to a swim in the local lake, or climbing trees.  Like Todd said, I think we grew up in different times.  So many parents are ruled by fear that something will happen to their child, and while a healthy amount of fear and caution is certainly called for, the children are paying the price of not really getting to be kids. 

May 31, 2012 12:46 AM #30
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

I loved the freedom I had growing up-running, climbing trees, building forts, swimming, reading. But I sure wish they had youth soccer then--I would have loved it!

May 31, 2012 02:35 AM #31
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Gene, that's the way it worked for me, too. My kids got a week or something planned out in the summer, but that's about it.

Laura, classic and old school are pretty much the same thing in my book.

Todd, I was the same way. My parents didn't have a clue where I was unless I came home for food.

Jared, we used to play tackle football in the street. That's how gangsta we were. Never lasted long, though. Someone always got hurt.

Amy, I agree. I'm still leary of my daughters walking home from the bus stop. But they need to get outside more!

Roger, thanks, pal. Glad you liked it!

Mike, remember if you batted right handed, anything that went into left field was an automatic out? We also drank water from a hose. A lot!

Debbie, I never went to camp. I always wanted to as a kid, but looking back, I'm fine that I didn't.

Brenda, you're right! I would get the "go outside and play. I don't want to see you til the street lights come on."

Michael, it was non-stop movement! I think it would kill most kids these days!

L or L, I'm not bashing camps, I just think they don't need to be signed up for them all summer long!

Maureen, sometimes I wish I could go back to those days. Especially being in this business :)

Mary Elizabeth, Saturday morning cartoons was the bomb! Spongebob had NOTHING on our shows!

Richie, as you know, family, especially my kids, are extremely important to me. Thanks, pal.

Dick, you're right. I can remember digging a massive hole for 2 days in the woods on a trail, making a giant ramp to jump my bike over. You think kids these days would go through all that hassle just to wreck dramatically like we did? haha

Sandy, I don't let my kids roam at all! I'm just saying that I wish they'd want to go out and play with their friends instead of us signing them up to things so they get exercise.

Adam, thanks!

Christine, that's just it. Going out an playing IS part of being a kid!

Margaret, urban legends of today had nothing on when we were kids.

Justin, it's amazing. Sign them up for something like gymnastics and when it's time to go they all of a sudden don't feel like it. That never would fly when I was a kid.

Pat, I try to spend some time with my kids doing things. It's not the same as when we were younger, but they get it.

Lottie, thanks for coming by. I'm not knocking organized sports by any means. I played baseball in leagues all my life growing up.

May 31, 2012 12:18 PM #32
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

When I was growing up, not only could my parents not afford to sign us up for anything, we had no way to get there! We only had one vehicle.

We also played baseball, built go carts, had China berry fights, and searched for the oddest thing in the nearby woods. I think I had so much fun that I hope that our kids can have that experience.

Jun 01, 2012 12:56 PM #33
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Sussie, that's true. I wish that my kids would have the same kind of fun that we had.

Jun 02, 2012 05:57 AM #34
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