Recess: Where Memories Are Made

Guest blog post written by Jessica Averett.

My oldest starts kindergarten this week and our house is buzzing with excitement.  He’s been talking about it since preschool ended in May, and has been counting the days.  I don’t think he knows what’s going on, except one thing…”Mom, I can’t wait until I go to kindergarten ‘cuz then I get to have recess”.

Mason out lovin’ life on the playground

I’ve known that this day was coming for five and a half years, yet somehow I can’t get rid of the butterflies in my stomach every time I think about that big day.  Will he make friends?  Will he have a good time?  And mostly, how’s my little boy who plays outside every day all day, going to do being in school 5 days a week?  Then I remember one thing – he gets recess!

Thinking back to when I was in school, I don’t remember the worksheets, the handwriting, or the tests – I remember RECESS!  The time where I got to run, play, and let my imagination soar.  Those memories are priceless.  The thought of my son out on recess creating memories of his own, makes me a little jealous for how simple his life is.  At the same time, it makes me recommit to taking recess of my own every day.  A break to help me escape the everyday commotion, and continue to create memories of my own.

Here are 5 great ways to make sure you can get the most out of your recess EVERY day.

  1. Schedule it.  Set a specific time that you will have your recess, as well as the minimum time you will be taking a break.
  2. Create a list of quick activities.  By doing this, you can have something to refer to on crazy days that you don’t have time to plan anything.  You could include, biking, running, playing Frisbee, going for a walk, climbing a tree, or wading in a stream.
  3. Do it with a friend.  As with most activities, it’s easier to stay motivated if you have someone to do it with.  Invite a coworker, a neighbor, or your spouse to join you as you take recess each day.
  4. Escape the mundane.  Although recess can easily be in your own backyard, sometimes it helps to go somewhere different.  Try a new park, a nature preserve or a river.  Mix things up a little!
  5. Let loose.  Pretend like you’re a kid again, and let your imagination run wild.  Sword fight with sticks, jump in a puddle, or make a fort.  Let go of your typical “adult role” and just have some fun.

My oldest kids, Mason and Chloe, taking a water break

In my own magical journey of motherhood, I don’t want to remember the dishes, the tantrums, the errands…I want to remember RECESS!

Jessica and her husband Andrew blog over at Bring The Kids, where their motto is “proving your adventures don’t end when you have kids”.  They work hard to maintain their passion for the outdoors by bringing their 3 little kids along on their adventures and have a blast doing it!