Every parent struggles with getting their kids to turn off the TV or put down the iPad and get some exercise. As technology becomes more and more accessible, and more and more essential, it’s not easy to make that happen.
One ingenious dad found a brilliant way to force his video game loving kids to get the exercise.
Jeremy Fielding is a talented dad of three who shares videos of the engineering projects on his YouTube channel.
His about section describes it this way: “I am fascinated with all things mechanical. Thus many of my projects and videos have a mechanical engineering theme.”
One of those videos features five different things you can make with treadmill parts, including a generator he made from a rowing machine. He got the machine of Craigslist and whatever he paid for it was more than worth it. Because he turned it into a powerful parenting hack.
What does the generator do? It powers his sons’ video games.
The batteries run down in less than a minute, so he and his kids trade-off to ensure there’s enough juice to make their games go. The bottom line? They can’t play unless they pedal and pull. Genius!
Now if they want to play their precious video games, they can, but they can’t do it without getting the exercise they need.
Game over! Dad win!