Back in March of this year I wrote an article for The Campsite in which I did a round-up of 5 Outdoor Blogs for Adventurous Parents. While I was scanning the internet for contenders for that list, I came across Andrew and Jessica Averett’s blog, Bring the Kids. What really hooked me on this site was something they wrote under a page titled Why Bring the Kids:
“Why bring the kids? Really, the question you should be asking is why not bring the kids!”
Their blog is about fighting the idea that outdoor adventures must come to an end when kids arrive on the scene. They remind me a bit of Mark and Brooke Stephens of AdventureParents.com (the writers behind the tongue-in-cheek comment, “Goodbye kayaks, so long Chamonix summer adventure, hello minivan.”) I think there is a common assumption that certain activities and lifestyle traits end with kids. I hear it all the time. Hopefully someday we’ll see a shift in mentality and people will be blogging about how perhaps they are having too much outdoor adventure with their kids. Imagine that.
For Andrew and Jessica, adventure is something that incorporates three aspects: challenge, exploration and fun. An adventurous activity does not need to be risky. Risk, to them, is dependent on how comfortable and experienced you are. So, while these two, living in Lakewood, Colorado, have an eagerness to hit the outdoors with their three young kids, they would never do anything with the wee ones that they consider to be really risky.
You’ll find this happy crew of five rafting, backpacking, biking, camping, hiking and skiing whenever they get the chance. It takes a lot of planning and preparation (just check out this post on Tips for Camping with an Infant), but one trip after another, they are proving that it just takes a bit of creativity and research to pursue adventurous activities with your kids.
For each of the parents, their outdoor excursions with their kids are essential to their own sanity. Jessica is home all day with the kids. It’s a job she loves but the pressures and demands of motherhood need no real explaining here. And Andrew works a 9-5 job as a CPA in wealth management. I loved what he had to say about what he benefits from the outdoors:
“It’s my release. It adds balance to life and allows me to live a full life. So many people just work and I can’t do that. That’s too boring. Always having something planned gets me motivated to get through whatever projects I’m doing and allows me to feel like I’m living life all along the way rather than delaying it until later when I’m retired….”
Can you relate?
So, thanks Andrew and Jessica for giving us a window into your busy world. I highly recommend you all spend some time checking out their informative blog posts if you’re looking for tips on bringing the kids outdoors with you.
To close up, I’ve got a question for you:
What do you benefit from being in the outdoors?
Please use the comment feature below to provide your input. Thanks!