Archive For The “Ideas for Playing Outside” Category

Our Five Favorite Things About Fall

By | October 20, 2011

Is there a season that better captures the sweetness of melancholy? As summer winds down, I resist the pull of autumn. Winter will be here soon enough, I think. But come October, there is nothing for it but to give yourself over fully to the delights of the season. It’s a great time of year […]

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Teachable Moments, Getting Kids Outside… Who Are We Kidding? Disc Golf Is Just Fun!

By | September 14, 2011

Discs in the grass

Our yard is pretty deep… about 100 feet wide and 400 feet deep. For the first seven years that we lived here, we dutifully mowed the back half, which has no trees or shrubs. Neighbors came and went. They’d lose the motivation to mow their “back 40” one year and the next would keep their […]

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Backyard Water Fun

By | August 18, 2011

Beaches are great. Water parks are a blast! Municipal pools and the high school natatorium are an invaluable public service. The drawback with each of these, for our family anyway, is that they are all places to which you have to go. We’re not against going anywhere—Grace has been taking swimming lessons at the local […]

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Swimming Lessons: Why Bathe with the Fish and Frogs?

By | August 4, 2011

Parenting is all about teachable moments, wouldn’t you agree? Every parent wants to use everyday life to teach their kids about living, don’t they? And I’d say that probably skews even more true for those who are attracted to this website. Anyone involved enough (don’t say attachment parenting… don’t say attachment parenting…) in their child’s […]

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Rainy Days Are For the Birds… and Flowers and Trees

By | May 19, 2011

It’s been raining here off an on for over a week now. That and the 50-degree weather, it’s a real hypothermia-fest out there. So what’s a family to do? Instead of spending a lot of time outside, I’ve been talking to Grace and Tater about the spring rain and all the green we’re seeing everywhere. […]

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Camping with Kids

By | April 29, 2011

The weather outside is getting better every weekend, and every May my wife and I start monitoring nighttime temperatures to see when it’s warm enough to take the kids camping. We love to camp, though we don’t seem to get enough time to do it as we like. We first took our daughter camping when […]

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All About Balance

By | April 17, 2011

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 […]

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