Okay, so our family lives in the beautiful mountain town of Lander, WY. The Wind River Range, Yellowstone, the Red Desert and Oregon Buttes are in our backyard and the sun shines 330 days out of 365 days a year.
My husband, Jerry, is a P. E. Teacher. I am really into fitness. We are both health nuts and trail runners, hikers, mountain bikers and snowboarders.
At the same time we love technology.
So when the Wii came out, we were at a crux. How can we support video games when we live in such a beautiful, outdoorsy place, Jerry’s a Physical Education teacher and during a time when obesity and sedentary lifestyles are rampant in our U. S. society?
The answer — our answer, anyway — has been to require some fitness, reading and outdoor fun BEFORE any Wii time is permitted.
We aren’t getting parents of the year as a result, I’m quite certain, but our kids will be fit, and they will get to enjoy technology and game systems like Wii. As long as they do their exercise first, that is.
IN FIRST PICTURE: The last sprint is always a race. (Here are two oldest sons, ages 9 and 7. Hayden wins the sprints, but Wolfie wins anything of any distance)
IN SECOND PICTURE: Here is our 2.5-year-old son, Finis (“Fin”), who also likes to run… even though he doesn’t yet play Wii.
HERE’S A VIDEO CLIP OF THE PRE-WII FITNESS SESSION: