I have heard a number of parents say that there is a moment where their child walked through a metaphorical door – a time when they suddenly shed the struggles that mark the young years of childhood and the day-to-day got a bit easier. Some days I feel like that door is in sight.
The funny thing with myths is that there is usually some element of truth to them. But mostly they take us down that dangerous hole of comparison. It has been a process for me to realize that there were things I was aspiring to that simply weren’t real to begin with. Allow me to outline some of the myths I got sucked into believing (and what I’ve decided to do instead!)
Did you know that 98% of outdoor recreation participants were introduced before the age of 18? What that tells me is that we have some work to do as parents – not just work, but a responsibility – to introduce our children to the benefits of the outdoor world and all the dirt, sand and grass stains that come with it.
The new year may have offered a chance to turn over a new leaf in life, but in our family we started our new beginnings early. On December 1 we moved into a new house here in Banff when the one we were renting was sold to a new owner. That’s a lot of “new” in two sentences. But, I think it conveys just how much change we’ve experienced around here.