How do you beat the early spring cabin fever or end-of-summer “I’m bored out of my mind’s”??
How do you get rid of your husband and a house full of teenagers (some of them yours!), for the day in the process? Send them to play paintball! 😀
We became a paint ball family about 15 years ago.
Maybe I should rephrase that since I’ve never played before. My hubby gathers together as many kids as we have guns & masks for (unless they have their own, which several do), and they head up to the hills to go shoot each other with paintballs.
Even the girls play paintball!
The boys are usually surprised, and then impressed. Especially about our daughter J, who has been playing for years. I once overheard a friend of her brother’s tell another kid, “Don’t worry about hurting J, she can take care of herself. You really need to watch out for her!”
She can be pretty brutal from what I hear. 😀
Paintball is *NOT* a cheap hobby, but it is one in which the entire family can be involved.
Our younger guys like to shoot the paintball guns at targets in the yard, and D1 (6 at the time) got to ride along when they played in the hills. Dad made him stay in the truck bed, so he wouldn’t get shot, but gave him a paintball gun so he could take shots at everyone if they were close enough. He had a great time, and guess who he got in the shoulder? Dad!
He had a great time, and guess who he got in the shoulder? Daddy!
I feel I must provide another disclaimer: Yes, guns can be dangerous, but only as dangerous as the person handling them.
Paintball guns shoot balls of paint, not bullets. Paintball is a relatively safe sport, provided caution is used and safeguards are used correctly. EVERYONE wears a helmet/face mask with eye protection and most wear chest protectors. Even in hot weather, they all usually wear long pants and sleeves (camouflage clothing is optional, but very cool in the paintballing world).
Yes, if you get hit by a paintball, it hurts.
It leaves a paintball-sized welt that goes away between a few hours and a few days later. It’s also a LOT of fun and gets the kids out hiking, running, and active.
Even the kids who’d rather sit and exercise their thumbs on an XBox controller enjoy paintball.
It is a great remedy if you’re a dad who just doesn’t connect with your teenagers, or you aren’t sure WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.
This gives you common ground and fun! I am not sanctioning violence against your children, just good, clean fun. maybe a little controlled violence. 😉
Taking your kids out and shooting them could be fun too, but you know what they say about paybacks! 😉