The Things We Carry

After reading GnTD listing the contents of his outdoor pockets, Im inspired to share my own outdoor necessities. These arent the gear that is specific to any one thing (my kids bike helmet, for example) but general outdoor gear that Id want to have with me no matter what we are doing. First is a…

Mental Health Kit:
Unstructured Play for Parents

Let’s face it, sometimes you’re just outside with the kids to supervise. No projects, no activities. They get to enjoy unstructured play, and you… you get to clean the garage. Well, not always. Maybe you bring a book. I do that. Other times I might mess around with Angry Birds on the iPod or walk…

Our Kids Have Their Own Gear

A big part of getting kids involved is letting them be involved. While I am not entirely on board with creating a need for “stuff” in kids, letting them have a few pieces of equipment just for them can go a long way toward generating ownership in outdoor activities. If you’re anything like our family,…

Taking Babies Outdoors: Two Options

This one takes a step back from my advice on how to teach a kid to ride a bike, and is for you newer parents. So, youve got a new little bundle of joy. Youve stayed at home coo-ing and feeding and loving them for months. And you dont love them any less, but is…

Kelty Child Carrier Review

I love my son (he is my boy, after all), but I have to admit that when it comes to hiking, hes completely useless. His form is sloppy, he has absolutely no stamina, and when it comes to carrying a pack? Forget it. As parents, we dont want to push our kids too much, but…

All About Balance

Riding a bike gives kids a way to explore and enjoy the world outdoors. But what’s the best way to teach a kid to ride a bike. It’s tricky business, right? Training wheels, scraped knees, and all that running along side holding the seat? Several years back we met some friends at a park in…