I love taking the kids to the park or to ride their bikes at the skate park. My favorite time of year is once spring arrives and we have light and warmth when I pick the kids up from daycare. We often stop at the house just long enough to grab sandwiches for their dinner and then head for the park. They eat bites of dinner in between running around the playground. They have fun. They think I'M fun for taking them. They wear themselves out so that bedtime is easier.
We hang out at the park until it starts to get dark or we know it's time for Aaron to come home. And because we've been playing and having fun instead the usual fights over computer time, or tv shows, or a favorite toy, or any of 1,000 other things kids can find to fight over, everyone is in a better mood for the rest of the night. A good deal all around!