I was on the Regina Brett show. In addition to hosting a radio show, Regina Brett is the author of 2 books and is a columnist for the Plain Dealer. My mom is a HUGE fan as Regina's grand-kids are almost exactly the same age as my kids. So their experiences over these last 5 years or so have been very parallel - right down to their first grandchildren not calling them Grandma (my girl called my mom GA for a loooong time.)
The show I'm on is about Summer Fun the Old Fashioned Way. I was asked to give perspective about what summer is like for kids now. Also to give some tips on local adventures for families - I had a whole list of fun ideas some of which were pulled from my List of Things to do with Little Kids in Cleveland.
I was in the studio with Daniel Porter, author of the book "'Til the Streetlights Came On: Lessons Learned from Neighborhood Games" and chatted over the phone with Dave Shiflett.
|And Regina, of course.|
|My brother, me, and my dad fishing in 1985|
But just because things have changed doesn't mean they have changed for the worse. Video games, social media, safety equipment, sunscreen, organized activities, etc. might be new (er) but that doesn't mean they are bad. What's more important is a sense of adventure and a desire to experience the world.
|My kids and my husband last weekend.|
|The Popsicles kids eat today may be made with real fruit and coconut milk instead of corn syrup and red dye but they are still ridiculously good on a hot day.|
Instantly transports me to childhood... you?
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Anyways the show will air this Saturday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. on 89.7 WKSU and on all of the repeater stations throughout Northeast Ohio. It will re-air Sunday, August 4 at 6 a.m. You can listen live online at www.wksu.org. The archived full show audio will be available after the show airs at www.reginabrettshow.org. You can find more information about Regina and The Regina Brett show at the website www.reginabrettshow.org. The show is also available in podcast form - the link is through her website.
Forgive my first few responses. I was SO nervous and I'm sure the shakiness came through in my voice. But this was my first time doing something like this so it took a little bit to shake off the nerves. Once I got rolling the experience was very fun - and something I would absolutely do again.
Let me know if you listen!
Edited to Add: Here's where you can listen to the show I was on via the internet:
Old Fashioned Summer Fun
Or the link to the podcast for the Regina Brett Show.
You should be able to be able to listen to my episode either way.