Welcome to the very first lesson of the Outdoor Mom Academy! We have an exciting six weeks ahead of us – we hope you’re ready for some fun and lots of learning!
Today we’re going to talk about something important for every outdoor mom – Raising Outdoor Leaders.
Dr. Scott Sampson is one of our favorite outdoor mentors, and we highly recommend his book, How To Raise a Wild Child.
This quote relates particularly to us as outdoor moms:
“Abundant time in nature is a critical wellspring of human health, with a deep and formative influence on children in particular. Nature’s impacts extend far beyond physical fitness, encompassing intellectual and emotional health, self-identity, and basic values and morals.”
That’s what raising outdoor leaders is all about – giving our kids skills and experience in nature to promote their health, self-identity, and outdoor skills.
When we were putting together the video on Raising Outdoor Leaders it became clear that different aged children have different needs and abilities related to the outdoors. We couldn’t provide all the value we wanted in one short video so instead we each made a video focused on specific age groups.
Pregnant & Babies
In this video, Amelia from TalesofaMountainMama.com shares tips, tricks, and guidelines on how to get outdoors while pregnant and with babies up to age 18 months.
Toddlers & Preschoolers
Rebecca of Hike Like a Woman will take it from there, talking about raising toddler and preschool age outdoor leaders.
Elementary Aged Children and Teenagers
Finally, Susan from MountainMomandTots.com will teach some tips on raising outdoor leaders in the elementary school and teenage age groups.
If you’re an auditory learner and want to just listen while you drive, hike, clean, or whatever, here are the audio files as well:
- Pregnant & Babies with Amelia. Click here to listen.
- Toddlers & Preschoolers with Rebecca. Click here to listen.
- Elementary Aged Children & Preschoolers with Susan. Click here to listen.
We want you to get all the great info we prepared, but we also know you’re a busy Mom. So if you don’t have time to watch the videos, here’s is this lesson’s downloadable workbook.
This week we encourage you to get out and adventure with your child(ren) while implementing one of the tips we mentioned. After you do join us in our private Facebook group to share how your adventure went.
This week we’re excited to offer you two bonus videos all about carrying children in soft-structured and framed baby carriers.
If hiking with toddlers and preschoolers is more your season of life right now click this link to access a document we compiled full of activities to help motivate children during an outdoor adventure.
As always, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about raising outdoor leaders. Please feel free to contact us at any time and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.