Adventurous Parents: Top Ten Posts of 2015

Goodness, what a year it has been. A year full of fun-filled memories as a family and great milestones as a mother and entrepreneur. A year full of challenges I thought would crush me and exasperating situations that left me feeling like I’d never catch a break. A year full of learning and growing, laughing and crying. Isn’t it the same for all of us?

My top moments on Instagram. Gosh, looking at it this way makes me realize what a full year it has been! Photos by Meghan J. Ward and Paul Zizka Photography.

But I’m here on the last day of 2015 and I made it. That is the important thing. We are on the edge, ready to dive into another year, and one glance at the calendar tells me it will be nothing short of adventurous. For now, let’s take a glance backwards at the past year and the posts that made it into the Top 10 here on

1. 10 Tips for Camping with a Baby

By far the most popular post on this site for the third year in a row, this is a simple list of tips for camping with the bambino for the first time.

2. Hiking with Baby: 12 Items You’ll Need

Again, looks like folks are looking for tips that help them take their families into the outdoors. I love seeing people searching for answers and making it happen!

3. Gearing Up for Winter: How to Dress Babies and Toddlers

Oh, winter…not an easy time for parents with little kids. Thanks to some awesomely mindful companies, getting outside in the bitter cold is getting a bit easier (zip-up one-piece fleece suits, anybody?).

4. Gear for Active Families and Mamas

This wasn’t an article, but it was the 4th most viewed page on the website. Looks like people like a nice handy list of outdoor gear recommendations for maternity, nursing and little kids. Here it is.

5. 7 Tips for Hiking with a Toddler

We entered a whole new phase as outdoor parents when the little one wanted to start hiking on her own. How did we manage it?

6. When Things Fall Through: The Harder Parts of Outdoor Parenting

Oh, the infamous camping fiasco of 2015. Thankfully, the little one is already asking to try camping again. Here’s the story of what went wrong.

7. Take It Easy Mamas: Finding Value in Unexpected Setbacks

When I was pregnant, everyone told me I would “bounce back” quickly because I was active and healthy. This so wasn’t true. I decided to write about it to help new mamas understand it isn’t always that easy.

8. 6 Powerful Words Parents Can Say to their Kids

Want to have a positive influence on your child and help you get through the sometimes repetitious day-to-day activities of parenthood? These six words may change your perspective.

9. Finding Vitality Two Years Into Motherhood

My breakthrough moment of 2015 – feeling vitality return to my body after a few years of heaviness and discouragement. Was motherhood this hard for everyone?

10. Lowering Expectations and Finding New Goals as an Outdoor Family

Before your kid is born it’s easy to make a commitment to getting outside as much as possible as a family. But, for many us, reality sets in when we realize we have a little person we’re dealing with – one with likes, dislikes, needs and preferences. Here’s how to deal with it.

Thanks again for all your support this past year! Here’s to an amazing 2016.

Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. She has a forthcoming travel memoir (Fall 2022), to published by Rocky Mountain Books.

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