Car Music as Outdoor Training?

My daughter is slightly obsessed with “If a Tree Falls” by Bruce Cockburn. So I wanted to do a bit of a hyperlink experiment with the song. The results follow. Stay tuned afterwards for my thoughts on how this ties into the experience of all of us with our kids, outdoors. **************************************************** IF A TREE…

Balance

Okay, I’ll say it: When it comes to teaching my kids to ride a bike, I am a better parent than you are. You might have nailed down nutritious snack habits, taught your kids how to save their allowance, and had them prepped for the SATs by the time they were in first grade. But…

Our Holiday Shopping Guide to Great Books

Hello, and Merry Christmas! The two of us writing this site both have undergraduate degrees in English Literature, so when it comes to great gift ideas, we often turn to books. We love ’em, and books like Last Child in the Woods and Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids have provided the philosophical ground and inspiration for…

Stocking Stuffing

Just a bit ago, I posted about slightly big holiday gifts that you could get, that would encourage your kids to brave the winter and get outside. But they were all a bit expensive.  Without commenting on the various levels of gift giving and grousing on philosophically, here are some smaller, “stocking stuffer” (what would…

Taking a Trip, with Your Bike as a Ship

“Up, up, and away—[on] my beautiful, my beautiful…” —The 5th Dimension Le Père de Grace et de Pommes de terre suggested I write a little bit for you about bicycle touring. This is sort of a loaded question. Not because I’m so very knowledgeable from experience, but more because I’m long-winded and full of trivia….

Christmas Gifts for the Little Explorer

Though it feels to me still that it’s only late summer, my right brain knows that with Thanksgiving’s  passing, any parent with a shred of sense needs to have a plan either in place or soon to be put into place regarding Xmas gifts. Even if you choose to give your child a pile of…

Talking Turkey with Dinner’s Country Cousins

I was recently searching eBay for vintage outdoors gear. In particular I was looking to see what I could find by searching the name “J C Higgins,” which is an old Sears brand. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff on there, but one thing in particular caught my attention and sent me scurrying down another…

Don’t Axe Me!: Advice on Axe Maintenance and Use

For you all who don’t know, this site is written by two guys who spend a lot of time with their kids. The subject matter fits in with a lot of the mommy-blogging sites, but every now and then our content becomes a little more rugged. If you are going to take your kids camping,…

Fun With Bug Secretions

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. And who doesn’t like to rub bug resin all over things? Oh, right—anyone. Well, in this case, I think I may be able to change your mind. A quick diatribe: we live in strange times. Where…

T-shirts and Things

We love working on this site. Not only is getting outside with our kids something we’re really committed to, but writing about our adventures and thinking out what it all means makes the experience of raising our kids even richer. The other day Monkey’s Uncle said, “We should have a t-shirt.” He was right. Here’s…