Take Your Butts Outside! Youth Wellness Part .2

100_0316You know with all the high-tech video games today you know your kids are more occupied than ever.  You see, back in the 80’s, 90’s and even in the early art of my marriage, the worst thing that ever happened to me was video games.  I used to be a kid that was out playing with the dog enjoying the rays of the sun in the backyard or the park until, “Load (*), 8, 1”. You guessed it; Commodore 64.  I was hooked.  I then upgraded to Nintendo, Sega, and then, finally Play Station.

I did nothing but go to school and play those video games. In fact, for a time that was the only time my brother and I would spend time together.

The addiction of video games was so bad that my mother desperately delivered the balance we needed.  One day, she walks in our room in the middle of our “Lakers vs. Celtics” video game championship series and says, “Get your butts outside!”  We pouted all the way out side as she locked the door behind us.

After an hour of sitting on the ground, in a state of rebellion that never works in a black household, I decided to take advantage of the freedom that was forced upon me.  My brother and I, my two nephews and my niece started sinning and playing like we should have been doing.  I had fun and although I was very young it taught me a valuable lesson on the importance of being active, being creative and imagining what you could be as opposed to living inside of the fantasy that video games have to offer.

Before you buy your child a video game for the sole purpose of keeping him or her occupied. I want you to really think about the financial and social cost that you are going to pay if you buy that special system that your kids want.  You will unintentionally be depriving them of physical activity.


CJ, introducing the kids to dodgeball at a picnic.

I know you want to please them but truthfully the only thing your children need is your love, your discipline towards them, and most important, your time.

If you are going to get a video game buy something interactive that you all can do together.  I know it can be hard but find the time to play with your kids.  Get your kids involved in sporting activities.  They will learn some of the greatest lessons in life, like I did with my father and baseball.  You will have given them the greatest gift of all… You!  What you out in or not put in your children is what will come out of them.

In other words, “Get Your Butts Outside!!”

You don’t have to be a fighter to feel like one! So Let’s Train!

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