Tips to help Anxious Kids Reframe Their Day: Seeing the Green

Red can be an anxious kid. I’ve written about this before, in this post. He has an amazing imagination, but that leads to him to consider all kinds of scenarios, and his brain often takes him to the worst possibilities. If something disappointing happens at school or at the end of the day, he will…

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Keep your Car Prepped for Adventure: Spring Edition

I’m an organizer at heart, and I like to be prepared. My husband jokes that we could pay a utility bill if we collected all the five and ten dollar bills I have in jacket and bag pockets for emergencies. Being prepared is no joke, however, especially if you want to be ready to say…

Snap It Outdoors: Black Diamond

Red has done a few black diamonds over this season and last, but they have usually been pretty hairy, and involved tears by at least one of us. Last weekend we headed up to our home mountain, Bogus Basin, and the snow was great. It’s been a bad season, and we were delighted to finally…

Snap It Outdoors: Very Indoors

I’ve written before about Red’s prematurity. He’s now 6 1/2, right on the 50th percentile for height and weight, and a lot of people don’t know about his birth story. He knows.  He knows some, but we don’t talk about it much, other than to tell him the facts; he was born earlier than he was…

Spring Forward: 5 Tips to Help Kids with Daylight Savings Time

One of the very first blog posts I wrote when I set up Outdoors Mama was about Daylight Savings Time ending; it’s got lots of great hints if you want to check it out here. Fast forward five months, and about 40 posts, and I’m ready to write the next version! So what’s different about…

Snap It Outdoors: Maps

‘The boys haven’t been wanting to go out much recently.  A cold snap hit Boise again this week, the temperatures have been in the teens on the way to school, and there’s been indoor recess again. We’ve been playing in the yard, but not much more than that. The spring that seemed to beckon for…

How to Dress Your Kids for the Snow

For our family, going outside on a snowy day is automatically on the to do list, and a quick look at the thermometer and outside the window is enough for me to mentally assess what we all need to wear. If you aren’t used to taking your kids out into the snow, however, this can…

Snap It Outdoors: Shoveling

An unexpected 5 inches of snow fell yesterday. We woke up to a winter wonderland, despite the fact the weather had fooled us into thinking it was spring in February just the week before. We took Red to school, and watched the cars fishtail back up our street after, Small shrieking with delight while I…

Snap It Outdoors: Skipping School

I accidentally booked a vacation that overlapped with Red’s first day of kindergarten. School started the day after the solar eclipse, and went back especially early in August. I was annoyed with myself, but the trip was booked.  He could start the next day. And instead we spent a glorious day biking around Ponderosa State…