If you're at all like me, you remember childhood summers spent mostly outside. We played outside, ate lunch outside, swam outside and worked with our parents outside. Summer was almost synonymous with spending as much time as possible in the fresh air and sunlight. It was like we were storing it up against the day when we had to go back to school.

Our children live very different lives. To a lot of kids, summer now means the chance to catch up on TV programs, beat the latest video game, or sleep in as much as possible. If you'd rather your kids spend at least some of their summer outdoors, here are some suggestions for getting them out of their rooms.

1. Go Outside as a Family

Instead of shooing your kids out the door, go outside with them. Take walks, kick a soccer ball, shoot some hoops, or just enjoy what the backyard has to offer. Some kids don't want to be outside alone or aren't sure what to do once they're there, but will have a blast if you take the lead and start an activity. And the bonus is, you get some outside time, too!

2. Sign Up for Sports

Find a summer league of your child's favorite sport and sign them up. If their favorite sport is indoors, challenge them to try something else, just for the out-of-school months. Most sports have "built-in" outdoors time, for practices and games. And you may find that your child wants to stay outside longer, playing with her new friends.

3. Find Something they Love

Different kids like different activities. If you have a swimmer, don't force him to play tennis. And if you have a reader, don't force her to play any sports at all (just let her take her book out with a blanket). Your kids will soak in some outdoor goodness whatever they're doing, so they might as well enjoy it.

4. Limit Screen Time

While your kids won't necessarily go outside when you set limits on their screen time, it will give them more opportunity to do so. When they can't access the things that distract them, most kids will eventually give the outdoors a shot. Imagine their surprise when they find out that they actually like it out there.

5. Walk Instead of Drive

Show your kids how to appreciate the outdoors by walking to do nearby errands instead of driving. While this won't always be practical, set up some times when it is. Even if a store is farther away than you would normally walk, take half a day and make it into a field trip. This gives you a chance to teach young children the rules of being a pedestrian, too.

6. Get Kids Together

While one kid may not want to play outside by herself and even two might entertain themselves indoors, getting several of them together means a good chance that they'll eventually end up outside. Even if they only venture out because you can't stand having them in your hair anymore, they're more likely to start a game when they're part of a larger group.

7. Have a Picnic

Most kids like to eat, and taking their food outside can be a great way to motivate them to follow. You can make this as complicated as you like, but it can also be as easy as setting down a blanket in your backyard and serving lunch outside. You can do this once or twice or make it a habit, and it might even motivate your kids to help you make lunch.

However you get them out there, remember to help your kids enjoy their outdoors time. If you have a child with allergies or sun sensitivity, make sure you compensate for that before you shoo them out the door. Sunscreen should be a given, and will help ensure that your kids continue to enjoy themselves outside.