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.
You all know by now that I’m a huge advocate for spending time outdoors, and introducing our children to the power of nature. And for a long time, I’ve been a big supporter of Take Me Outside, an organization founded by my friend, Colin Harris, which is a non profit organization committed to educating and creating awareness with Canadians about our connection with nature and our time spent outside. On October 28, 2015, the organization is hosting Take Me Outside Day to raise awareness of the importance of unplugging and spending more time outside.
In this post I take on a reader question: Before I had my son (now 19 months old) I used to travel all the time. Spent time in Africa, grew up in South America and traveled in the US. I felt fearless and so free. Since having my son however, I’ve been nervous to travel. My husband traveled some in Europe and, similar to me, feels the itch to pack our bags and go, but with our little one it feels different. I see you travel with your sweetie and have been to so many places! My question is, what were your initial fears/hesitations about traveling with your little one and how did you move past them?