I grew up in a community that wasn’t all that outdoorsy, but our house backed onto a protected wetland that offered great biking and walking when it dried up in summer, and superb cross-country skiing through the winter. My parents encouraged us to play outside as much as possible. It wasn’t until I moved out to Banff, however, that I really understood what the term ‘outdoorsy’ meant.
People out here need hiking, camping, skiing and the full gamut of outdoor activities to remain sane (some would argue alive). It’s like air. And I didn’t realize how different some parenting models are from what I grew up with back in Ontario until I saw the kinds of things people are inclined to do outdoors with their kids. I think I’m on my way to becoming one of these kind of parents, and here’s why.
6 Clues That I’m An Outdoorsy Parent-To-Be
1. I’ve been looking up ideas for children’s names in “Central Rockies Placenames,” a book that identifies the origins of significant mountains, lakes and other identifiable features in The Rockies. Is that normal?
2. The first place I looked for maternity wear (other than hand-me-downs) was from Mountain Mama, an apparel company based on the premise that “women who play outdoors should have stylish, functional clothing for all stages of life, including maternity.” Mountain Mama has since brought me on as a brand ambassador, which is pretty sweet.
3. I’m a big child at heart, who loves playing outdoors for the sheer joy of playing (just check out the snow-woman I made last week!). I can’t wait to revisit the outdoors and experience it through the eyes of a child.
4. I planned my pregnancy around being able to get back into shape and hike with my little kiddo next summer (thankfully, the plan has worked…so far).
5. I look at gear and wonder how small it comes. My friends ask me if they should buy pink or blue climbing shoes.
6. I’m tempted to get this C is for Carabiner organic onesie for my newborn (10% of the purchase price of each garment goes to the Children & Nature Network). It’s just too adorable to pass up, even if it’ll only fit for a little while.