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Monkey in the Middle


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Have you taught your kids the game Monkey in the Middle yet?

The simple rules:

  1. At least three people must play
  2. One player stands in the middle while the two others throw the ball back and forth to each other.
  3. Middle player tries to intercept the ball.
  4. Variations:  Don’t use a ball. Use bean bags, a hand towel, or a slipper.

There are many spontaneous pick up games of Monkey in the Middle.  For example when the boys are trying to keep flip-floppers favorite stuffed animal away from her..  But they really love it if my husband and I will participate.  I have to admit when they were younger, it was hard for them to understand why we were keeping something away from them.  Feelings got hurt or tempers flared.. but we kept at it and now they love to play.

Ketchup boy just had his 6th birthday and we got him a Nerf version of this game called Cosmic Keep Away. We all wear a colored band on our hand and the ball itself calls out who we are keeping it away from.  They like it far more than I anticipated.  I like it because

  1. They are moving
  2. They are forced to play it with other people, rather than the many solitary activities vying for their time. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Natalie Monson

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I’m a little jealous of your snow free yard! It will be a few weeks before we’re out back playing monkey in the middle, but it’s a favorite around here too.

I just recently found your sight and love it! My daughter, 11 has a genetic predisposition to high triglycerides and cholesterol. As does my husband, 4 years ago his tri numbers were in the 800’s, they are now within a normal range. Since finding this out a few years ago our family has had to learn to become healthier. People tend to treat us weirdly because our kids play outside instead of in front of the video games and tv (and Colorado is supposed to be one of the healthiest states!). The kids at school have made fun of her because her lunch doesn’t have candy and chips. My Son, 12 hasn’t had as many issues, but boys are less vocal. I’ve been feeling like maybe I’ve gone overboard. But after finding your sight I’ve reaffirmed my commitment to their health. THANK YOU! Your ideas and recipes are such a help. It’s also great to have my kiddos read along with me so that they can see your beautiful children living, laughing, and having healthy fun. Please keep up the good work! Stacey

Cathy, this only has happened in the last week! And yes I love it. Our house is facing south, so there is still a little snow in my front yard.

Thank you for your comment! I always cling to the hope that my kids (and kids like yours) will be the pioneers in creating change in their peers. I do know high school kids who are the ones who ate a healthy lunch while all their friends ate pizza hut or other on campus junk food. And eventually some of their junk food friends realized how much better their skin and energy was when they ate better! So they started copying what the healthy kids ate. I love a comment made by Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s preschool child who said, “Dad, why doesn’t the other mom’s love their kids? They aren’t getting any healthy food for their snack time!”
Don’t get discouraged, and keep doing what’s right for your family.

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