Local YouTube star shares positive message with parents

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Stateline dad has a message for parents across the world.

Jon Recknagel is on a mission.

"It's all about other families having fun and inspiring people to get off the couch,get off the tablets and phones and get up and have some fun with your kids and make sure they have a memorable childhood."

Recknagel and his 3-year-old son Liam are the stars of a YouTube channel called One Fun Thing. He says he started the channel to not only show his own family across the country what they were up to but to inspire families around the world to enjoy quality time and do one fun thing each and every day. Whether it's a cave adventure or just playing in the pool, Recknagel feels creating lasting memories is important.

"Growing up you just need to look back and say my family really cared about me and they wanted me to have a fun and positive upbringing and really make that lasting impression on them."

Kids grow up fast and Recknagel hopes families take time to slow down.

"You gotta make time. It could be anything from going to the park and spending a couple of hours. Maybe on Saturday, Sunday you wake up at 9 instead of 10. You get up, you go to the park and have fun. There's always something that you could be doing."

For now Recknagel plans to enjoy time with Liam doing one fun thing each and every day.