As an active person who loves to hike, bike, climb, and go canyoneering I also love to spend time in the outdoors just relaxing, taking in the sun, the smells, the sounds and enjoy how rejuvenating it can be.
It was important for me and for Bedge to introduce J-man to the outdoors at an early age. We figure if we start him young he will, hopefully, fall in love and have an appreciation for nature and the world around us. We hope that he will enjoy the activities we introduce him to so we can continue doing them as a family. Also, being active outside has health benefits galore and beginning an active lifestyle young sets the foundation for that.
I’m already seeing, at age 3, the influence early introduction has had on J-Man when he comes home from school asking if we can go hiking or camping. That makes me one proud mama.
Although we do a lot of hiking, camping and soon climbing and canyoneering, we also spend a lot of time outdoors walking, playing at the park, having picnics and riding bikes. Not every outside activity has to be an adventure, although it is for most tykes. Getting outside away from the influences of TV’s, computers, video games and house hold duties allows you time to relax, spend one-on-one time with each other and it gives you some breaths of fresh air that definitely does a body good.
Some friends chimed in about why they share the outdoors with their tykes…
Erin from AK on the Go: ” I am the daughter of a forester who, at 80, can still out-hike and out-navigate me. My brother and sister and I grew up knowing more about our Pacific Northwest trees and shrubs than the latest cartoons. I never utilized a campground until high school, when we all rebelled and insisted on a place to sleep that didn’t necessitate a four-hour drive along a remote logging road. My dad sees the outdoors as Home. I see the outdoors as Love. It is also sort of like grace: freely offered, with no strings, warranties, or apps involved. We, as children, now parents ourselves, need only to accept this wonderful gift we’ve been given. I don’t think I could live any other way.”
Amelia from Tales of a Mountain Mama: “I am a BETTER mom when I am outside. I am more free, more relaxed, and more readily available for my husband and kids. Our family just runs smoother in the wilderness, drinking in the fresh air. Our outdoor memories are the ones my husband and I treasure the most. The lessons learned and adventures experienced outdoors are the ones that my kids remember the most.”
Tanya from Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies: “It’s very important to me to share our love of hiking, camping, skiing, and playing outside with our son. We believe in spending both quality and quantity time together as a family every weekend and we want to do that while we share a common interest. We don’t want to leave our son behind while we go out to play in the mountains. Occasionally we leave our son with Grandma and enjoy an adults only adventure but most weekends we are out together bonding, enjoying family time, and exploring together.
We also believe in starting early. We want to teach our son to enjoy the outdoors now while he’s still small so that when he’s bigger we can do big adventures as a family. You can’t expect a 10 year old to do a backpacking trip if he’s never walked more than 2 miles. We hope that small steps now will lead to big steps later.”
Here’s another great giveaway package to help you stay active outdoors with your tykes.
YMX by Yellowman - Winter Flower Scoop Tank. Lightweight, breathable and super comfy.
Honey Stinger – Box of protein or energy bars (your pick) So yummy! I ALWAYS have them on a hike
Sweaty Bands – ‘No slip’ headbands and they are right. They stay on and are very cute.
Thorlos socks – Experia Cool Max. Comfortable for any activity and don’t leave your feet sweaty.
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