As a new month begins, we are beginning a new feature to highlight the best writing and most useful tips written by outdoor parents over the past month and also a few other outdoor parenting related articles. Hopefully this inspires you to plan your next outdoor adventures, reflect on what you were able to accomplish over the past month, or what you learned and would do differently. Enjoy!
Thru-Hiking the JMT with a Baby Is an Exercise in Patience—and Endurance | Backpacker by Marketa Daley
Nature Summer Camp for Kids | Mountain Mom and Tots by Mountain Mom. If your kids camps are closed and they’re home with you all summer, this could be a good option to check out. It’s an outdoor-focused, online summer camp designed for kids age 3-7.
Why It’s Important We Go Outside, From a Mom’s Perspective | Hike It Baby by Breanna Jeanneret. For days when you need reminding of why we do this.
Outdoor Moms Making a Difference That Everyone Should Know | Hike It Baby by Sara Wesche.
Quarantine Reads for the Whole Family | Cragmama. Reviews of climbing books for the whole family.
21 RV Apps That Are Super Helpful For Your RV Trip | Crazy Family Adventure by Chelsea Gonzales. For any of you planning a road trip this summer - it’s probably extra important to be prepared and have back-up plans this year.
A Gift to YOU from a Favorite Ski Instructor | The Brave Ski Mom. Get ready for next ski season (it’s never too early!) by reminding your kids of the Skier and Snowboarder Responsibility Code.
YETI Presents: My Mom Vala | Banff Mountain Film Festival - Adventure at Home. The story of a fishing guide mom, from the perspective of her 10 year old daughter. (Not writing written in the past month, but it was shared for free within the past month).
And here are a few other articles written this month that I thought might inspire your outdoor parenting:
Ideas for Getting Your Kids into Nature | Child Mind Institute by Danielle Cohen. If you can’t travel, here are some ideas of things to do at home or in your neighborhood.
The Flying Baby From A Famous 1995 Patagonia Catalog Photo Is All Grown Up | NPR by Scott Simon. Perspective of an outdoor kid as a grownup.
With most campuses closed, Forest School enjoys its moment in the woods | Washington Post by Hannah Natanson. An outdoor parent’s dream afterschool or preschool - worth checking if there’s one near you.
‘Lionhearted’ Girl Bikes Dad Across India, Inspiring a Nation | The New York Times by Jeffrey Gettleman and Suhasini Raj. Never underestimate what a determined kid can do if they want to.
Finally, one more link which is not specifically outdoor parenting related. However I think the perspective it gives could help us all when we’re on a long hike and everyone in the family is tired and can’t wait for it to end. Leo Babuta writes: ”with the boredom and tiredness we’re feeling from the lockdown and pandemic, we have the perfect practice ground”. So maybe consider embracing this time and learning from it?
A Guide to Dealing with the Growing Tiredness & Boredom of the New Normal | zen habits by Leo Babuta
Two Silicon Valley engineers who have had a love of the outdoors since childhood. Parents of two small kids, spending our free time exploring the outdoors with them.