Parents: Is Taking Your Kids to the Park Outdated? Here's What I Think... by Mike Prochaska
My goal this summer was to take my children to 100 different parks before they headed back to school. We currently are at park No. 80 and, sadly, school starts soon so don’t know if we're actually going to make it to 100.
This summer we went to a lot of parks. What made me sad was at some of them we were the only people there. The kids would ask me, "Where are all the other kids? Why are there no other kids at this park to play with?" Most of the time I was just as confused as them, wondering where everyone else was. Were they on vacation? Was everyone at camp? We didn’t know. And it felt like it depended on what suburb of Chicago we were in. Some suburban parks were busy, but at others no one was there, so my kids would then ask to leave.
What good is a playground if it sits empty all day?
Playgrounds are about play, of course, but they are also about providing a space for neighbors to gather and socialize. So, I would just like to remind everyone when you have time, take your kids to the park. I am going to continue to write about all the amazing parks and outdoor adventures we went on in the hopes that all kids get the same chances.
Did you take your kids to the park this summer? Share your thoughts below.
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