I don’t know what it’s like in your part of the world, but here we have a thriving indoor playground industry going on. A place like that can be a great help when its minus 20 in February. But why have we become so reliant on them for every activity? Why do we feel it necessary to host a birthday party indoors when our child was born in July and the weather is sunny and warm? I live Oakville, Ontario and that’s almost as far south as you can get and still be in Canada. And I should know – I grew up next door to Point Pelee, the most southern point in the country. Point Pelee, for those who don’t know is the same latitude as parts of northern California. Anyway, the point is that it doesn’t matter where you live in Canada, the winters here are cold and long. And being “south” means that our summers can also be unbearably hot and humid.
Sadly, it’s a matter of being practical. So few of us patents have the time to make time for our kids anymore. When my son had his first birthday – in July – we hosted a BBQ party with about 40 people. That included friends and family and neighbours. Sure it was hot and warm. And sure, at that age, it was an occasion for the adults more than it was for this kids. But the point was that we got together in the backyard… not the indoor playground a mile away! It’s that kind of activity that brings us together as friends and neighbours that makes all the difference.