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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
I can’t shake this part of myself – this yearning desire, this need, for a personal connection with the outdoors. And as my little one grows up, I feel opportunity returning. Which is why it’s so hard when things fall through.
The terrain was getting steeper, blockier and trickier to navigate – the kind of terrain I thrive in. I like to use my hands. I like to solve problems. I […]
Travel with a toddler can create enough stresses on its own. We found our last trip was made easier by adjusting our travel style and bringing along items that alleviated the draining effects of caring for a busy little toddler while away from home. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it definitely highlights our favourite items.
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.