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Mom A Running

I am a runner.  I’m not fast or talented, or even an accomplished runner.  In fact, by some definitions, I’m just a jogger.  But it’s how I see myself. As a runner…and a mom. As a running mom I have done a number of ridiculous things. I’ve run with a jogger stroller or a double stroller, stopping mid-run to swing or slide at the playground. I’ve trained and raced while breastfeeding (not at the...

Rules for…Sledding?

What could be more exciting to a kid than fresh snow and a sled? Skiing has been around for 7000 years, so sledding must be even older. I wouldn’t be surprised if archaeologists find a painting of a kid on a big piece of bark next to the horses in one of those French caves. I love taking our kids sledding, but alas, as with so many other things, People seem to mar the experience. Basically, it comes down to...

Music Motivator?

We’ve been there.  Gauging your children’s endurance levels can be one of the most difficult tasks as a parent. Push them too hard and it can leave a permanent black mark on the outdoors. After all, nobody likes bonking. Yet, we all want to create outdoor experiences that create a sense of accomplishment.  Things can’t always be easy – many of these pursuits appeal to us because they involve effort,...

Climbing with Kids Part 2

Were’s kicking off the week with Part Two of Steve’s Climbing with Kids series. First off, this post contains absolutely no technical information that would take the place of actual climbing instruction and experience. Now, here are a few ideas that have worked for us over the years: Crashpads. If you can handle the extra bulk, a crashpad is the climbing parent’s best friend. Many times a kid suddenly...

Climbing with Kids Part 1

“Now if I was teaching a beginner how to climb, I’d set up a toprope on this slab over here and let them get used to the rope. Blah, blah, blah,” explained the guide to his two clients practicing their cliff rescue techniques next to us at City of Rocks last summer. The guide was really talking to me, hoping I’d overhear his vast store of outdoor wisdom. I ignored him and kept belaying Nate’s 10-year-old...

Easy Ways Kids Can Save the World: Lemonade Stand

SAVING THE WORLD. Notice I capitalized it to make it seem big. It actually might seem a bit less daunting to a child, than a been-around-the-block adult. Pull it together Dad. Mom, super heroes do it all the time. There are the simple ways – turning off the water while brushing your teeth. A slightly more creative way – next time your kids visit with their grandparents get them to give your parents a recycling...

Father Knows Least

Want your kids to graduate Summa Cum Shred? Sometimes it means letting go. By Andy Guinigundo They say that people who are experts at any particular activity are not necessarily the best teachers. I try very hard not to listen to “they” because often “they” are wrong. While I don’t consider myself an expert skier, I am an experienced ski patroller at a little ski area in southeastern Indiana. I know...
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