One of the advantages to being a parent is that you get to call the shots. Some parents take this too seriously by being dictators and I don't mean benevolent ones. My experience, however, has been that most parents take it too lightly and as a result, their children have too much power in the family. I remind friends and family all the time: your kids don't get a vote. They really don't. You get to tell them what to do. In the movie Spiderman it was said, "With great power comes great responsibility." (I'm sure someone more important said that originally but I don't know who). Therefore, when you start ordering your kids around, you do need to take the responsibility to make sure things are fun and safe for them. The next time they are complaining about something you tell them to do just remember what I said: kids don't get a vote. Now that we've established that, I can move on to the point of my post.
I've subsequently added up the cost for these items and the total is about $275.00 for everything. Not too bad.
This is so true! I'm glad you said it, because families have such chaos when the kids rule. It's impossible. You have to be in charge for sure! Love your site, and congrats on being a featured member on vB! http://www.club-content.com
I love your list of backyard basics!! I've got to get me a backyard!! One of my most glorious memories of childhood was getting our tractor stuck in the mud out back in the fourth field. We brought our friends who were visiting from the city back up to the house covered from head to toe in rich dark mud and their mom started crying -- I never understood why, we had soooo much fun!!! theredcoatwriter.blogspot.com
Oh yes, and for those without a backyard, you can put together a mesh duffel bag with balls, jump ropes, chalk, trucks, etc. to take to the park or even your front sidewalk. (Make sure you stay with the kids and watch them of course)!
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