Project Keep Them at Home

22 Jan

My hubby and I have a plan for our boys as they grow into older guys — keep them at home! Now, I don’t mean I’m aiming to overprotect or shelter them from the world. I just want them to want to spend time at home. While here, they don’t even need to chill with mom and dad. Nope, they can hang with each other, a few close pals, even with a crowd of boisterous buddies. Doesn’t matter, as long as they’re here a fair amount of time, and having fun, and staying out of trouble.

Project Keep Them at Home is underway. We’ve got a few lures — a foosball table in our playroom (we need an older-kid name for this space, I know), lots of sports stuff behind our house (like soccer, lacrosse, and football gear), a tree swing, a pile of dirt, a new basketball court in the backyard (a real court — with cement, two hoops, and everything), and a gate leading off the court heading to a woodsy area fit for endless outdoor exploring. Oh, yea, we have snacks and drinks, too, because who can resist a full belly?

We’re dreaming big, and we envision as the years go on groups of kids engaging in all sort of positive behaviors, while we relax peacefully and marvel at our perfect arrangement.

OK, so maybe it won’t happen so seamlessly, and there’s a real chance we’ll be low on funds after feeding the masses a few times. But we’re off to a good start. And that’s something, right?

On Thursday afternoon, we hosted several neighbor moms and their kids (plus one dog) for an official playfest, and we are thrilled with the outcome — we’re counting the tears that streamed down the face of one guest at departure as proof of a swell time. There were ball games, tag games, running-behind-the-fence games, and destruction of several ant hills. Dog was chased, tree was climbed, dirt was stomped, snacks were inhaled, and well, that pretty much sums up the scenario, which we can’t wait to re-do. Just need some warm temps and sunny skies, and we’ll gear up for the gang to return.

Wanna join us?

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2 Responses to “Project Keep Them at Home”

  1. Christine January 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I’m with you 100%! We bought all manner of games and musical instruments and consoles and computers. We keep a stocked freezer and everyone is always welcome at our house. It’s worked out pretty well for us and I’m sure it will for you too!

  2. the mommy files January 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    This is such a great idea. I’ve always wanted my house to be the “hang out” house. Of course we are not at that stage yet. Have fun planning your “boy cave.”

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