I know as time passes we will use video games as a form of entertainment for Jack. But, it seems now that he is the transition period we would like to "save" that for later. So, we are always looking for "down time" (especially during the summer when he seems to be so much more active) activities.
We have a house full of Legos. Not just for Jack, but also his “typical” 15 year old brother is a Lego lover. Jack often disappears to his room and lies on the floor playing Legos when he has been very active. It is a nice way for him to “self adjust” his activity level.
So, we have been looking for other things like this. . . . .
We took our French exchange student to a hobby store the other day and my husband and son started looking at models. My dad and brothers used to spend hours working on these when I was little. So, I spent $15 and thought I would see what happened. WOW!!! 1st) Father and Son bounding time has been priceless. 2nd) Jack is having a wonderful time and learning new things. 3rd) Darrell says it is a really relaxing way to unwind after a hard day at work. It has been much better than I expected and I am amazed that we forget that the good old toys are still great today!
If anyone else has any great ideas like this, I would really appreciate it!