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.
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…
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.
Fast-forward two years, and I live in a different scenario. The realities of life and financial needs call me back into the workforce. My burning desire for adventure calls me out into the mountains. And my toddler’s need for independence and understanding calls me into the most intense throes of parenting to date. Now I am simultaneously a mother, wife, and adventure-seeking individual with a need to make money in this world.