Slow Parenting: 5 Ways to Raise Active Kids without the Rush

 

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As we teeter on the edge of a new month, it’s worth remembering that raising adventurous kids doesn't have to be complicated. Often the very best thing you can do for your kids your family is to keep it simple. This has been on my mind a lot lately, thanks in part to a post the other day about CLIF Kids' Backyard Games contest and the simple joys of playing outside. Life seems to only be moving faster with each turn of the season, and I can almost feel the planet revving up in anticipation of spring. Blink and it will be summer: Time for camping trips, river trips, the year’s best and biggest outdoor missions. 

All great stuff, of course, but if you’re like me, the ceaseless whirl of activities can get a little overwhelming. The secret, of course, is how do we slow down without stopping. How do we downshift into a simpler routine without sacrificing the adventures that inspires us? How do we raise active, curious outdoor kids without turning them into overscheduled, hyper-achievers? Here are five strategies I've been practicing lately.

IMG_2966Simplify: Sometimes all you need is a bucket and a puddle [Katie Arnold]

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