Let’s set the scene. You just started out on your family hike. You feel prepared with snacks, water, proper shoes and everything else you might need. You have your smart phone ready to capture photos of you, your spouse, and your kid.
You are pumped. Everything seems to be going great! You get to share a special afternoon exploring the outdoors with the whole family.
Then reality sinks in, when almost immediately, your child exclaims loudly, “I’m bored!”
Your heart sinks. You grow frustrated. You wonder if your kid will ever be one of those nature-loving kids you see in the happy photos that all the outdoor companies use to sell your product. Maybe you even start to doubt yourself as a parent.
Spring Wildflower season can go by quickly in the Pacific Northwest....especially if you are a parent!
It can be hard to keep track of what's blooming when you're also managing extracurricular activities, end-of-the-year school events, and spring holidays.
Maybe you’ve already got this wildflower thing down. But chances are you have you have a vague sense of when things look really pretty, but you aren’t sure what you are supposed to be looking at or which weekend to reserve to go explore.
In this post, we are here to help you out on two of the most iconic PNW spring wildflowers - Trilliums and Camas Lilies.
Do you ever struggle with getting outdoors in the winter months?
I confess do.
Whether it’s the chilly damp air or my own impatience for spring (come on buds, start blooming already!), I tend to get especially grumpy about everything outdoor related around mid-February.
The funny thing, however, is - once I actually go outside, I almost instantly feel energized, and those yucky winter blahs start to go away.
It may be darker out, and the days may be shorter, but don’t be fooled. Winter is a great time to go on a family hike.
It’s a beautiful time of year to explore how the wet weather transforms different habitats. By this time of year, it’s all about the mighty evergreen. This winter time invites the urge to collect pine cone for crafting, jump in muddle puddles, and indulge in a post-hike hot chocolate & cookie break.
Kids also tend to feel cooped up this time of year. As much as we wish it weren’t so, they also feel our end-of-year stress. Thus hiking as a family helps everyone feel a little more calm, and helps kids get their wiggles out.
Here are a few reminders about hiking with kids in the winter to help you out:
One of the big challenges of Thanksgiving is the added stresses that the holiday brings. Between the planning, eating, travel, the extended family get togethers, the entire week can be quite taxing!
That’s why our family has a tradition of going for a family hike during the break.
Nature does the body, mind, and soul a lot of good.
Getting outdoors is one of the most effective ways to easy stress and anxiety. Plus, a walk can aid digestion after that big meal, and can help kids stuck indoors during mealtime get their wiggles out.
This time of year is also a great time to enjoy the last of fall colors before we transition more fully into winter.
Want to get outdoors during your Thanksgiving break but your not sure where to go? Here are some ideas to help you out.
Fall often seems to be the busiest time of year. The shorter days seem to quicken the pace of life, as do impending holidays, and the realization that soon we'll all be bundled up in coats and boots again. It’s easy to get trapped into a cycle of rush, rush, rush and forget how important down time with family is during times of transition.
Ah, Snow Days! Love them or hate them, snow days are a part of life most winters here in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do when snow hits, especially if the bad roads keep you from traveling.
In this post, we have 20 easy ways to pass the time on a snow with nature themed play...
...whether you live in a house of snow lovers or are wishing that spring would hurry up already. :)
GUEST POST NOTE: This week's blog post comes from guest author Michael Barton.
Recently my daughter spent some time with worms. Slithery, slimy, earthworms. It was a nature connection moment that made her day. But she also made the day for several worms, too. Moved from certain shriveling to refreshingly moist dirt, these worms lives, spent working the soil, would continue thanks to a curious young girl.
At 5, my daughter remains charmed by the simplest of things: getting up close to minibeasts (a British word for bugs!), climbing trees, jumping off of rocks or stumps, noticing when our resident hummingbirds zip across our yard toward the feeder, pointing out the hoard of crows that make their presence known in the evening - the list could go on.
In last week’s blog post, I shared some tips for navigating the challenges of hiking with kids. This week, I want to turn the attention to parents.
More specifically, I want to focus on those of us who have trouble finding time for hiking...
which is basically almost all of us!
Why do I say this? Because last year when we surveyed folks about their biggest family hiking challenges, most mentioned a lack of time as a major barrier.
Parents said they felt too busy, too stressed, or sometimes just too exhausted to figure out how to schedule in outdoor time.
What can you do to tackle this particular hurdle?
I decided to look to writer Gretchin Rubin's work on habits as I came up with some some tips:
Bryna R. Campbell