Family Travel: A Short Guide to Hawaii, The Big Island

Let Hawaii Happen. It’s one of the official hashtags (#LetHawaiiHappen) of Hawaii, The Big Island, and also the perfect description of what travelling with a three-year-old really looks like. You can plan all you like, but as we have learned over the years, if you go with the flow and let the day unfold you’re in for an enjoyable ride. Take time to discover the details along the way (toddlers are the perfect guides for pointing out these overlooked wonders!) and you’ll have an even richer experience.

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Meet the Founder of Ella’s Wool

When temperatures drop, it can be difficult to get children to play outside, especially little ones. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, and nor is it that way in certain parts of the globe. Meet Vibeke (Becca) Kvam Johansen. Originally hailing from Norway, but now living in Brooklyn N.Y., Becca discovered upon moving that some of her Norwegian traditions hadn’t quite translated to America. She set out to change that with Ella’s Wool.

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Adventurous Parents: Top Ten Posts of 2015

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 AdventurousParents.com.

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Will I Ever Make the “Transition” to Parenthood?

Since the beginning, this website was positioned to examine the transition of outdoor adventurers to parenthood, the emphasis being on transition. But a transition implies there is an end point or a new phase – like reaching a summit – and so far in parenthood, I feel like I’m on a neverending climb. Just when I think I have reached the top, when I think perhaps I have made that ‘transition’, I realize I have so much farther to go.

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6 Powerful Words Parents Can Say to their Kids

I can’t put my finger on the exact moment I first heard the phrase, but it stuck with me. I think I was pregnant and probably soaking up all the best advice I could get on being a positive influence on my child. In my mind, my own attitude played an important role in raising a happy, healthy, and confident little girl in a world that often praises good achievements and performances. The words came to mind again today during a routine trip to the playground…

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The Transition to Parenthood: 5 (More) Things I Didn’t Consider

Hello dear readers! I’m sorry I disappeared for a little while. Life with a toddler is busier than I have ever experienced before. Busier than a full course load and 30+ rehearsal hours a week when I was studying theatre at Queen’s University. Busier than when I was working three jobs at the same time so that I could afford my rent here in Banff. Busier, much busier, than life with a newborn.

What’s on the menu today? I’ve been thinking again about the logistics involved in being a part-time working and outdoorsy mama. I first wrote about it in The Transition to Parenthood: 5 Things I Didn’t Consider. And as we’ve entered toddlerhood, I have discovered more things I didn’t consider. People seemed to have appreciated the first post in this series, so why not a second? Here we go.

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