Baseball season started for us tonight. My 9 year old is obsessed with it. He came home with an athlete’s high you only experience when you’ve had an amazing practice or game. He was talking a million words a minute, telling me about his hits, his catches, & the positions he gets to play in the first game. He couldn't stop talking about his coaches or his teammates & he then said to me, "Mom, I'm so proud of how tonight went." It made me so excited to see him so excited! As we ... Read More about I Don’t Want To Dictate My Kids’ Passions
1. Seven Hollows at Petit Jean State Park This is a 4.4 mile trail that features a waterfall & from the photos I've seen, lots of rock formations that look like they would be kid heaven for climbing in & out of while hiking. I have spent my entire life going to Petit Jean & have never been on this trail. Can you believe it??? 2. War Eagle Valley Loop Trail This is an 8.1 mile trail. I probably wouldn't be able to get all of my kids out there because of distance, but I'd love ... Read More about My Arkansas State Hiking Bucket List
On Monday, I wrote my part 1 story about how our family went tech free for a year when my kids were 6 years, 3 years & 5 months. So where are we today in 2019 with technology? My kids are now 9, 6 & 3 and are allowed different amounts & types of technology based on what is appropriate for their ages. What is good for the 9 year old isn't necessarily going to be good for the 3 year old & vice versa. So while we have guidelines we like to follow, nothing is set in stone. We ... Read More about That Year We Went Tech Free, Part 2
Ok, not completely tech free. But definitely tech limited! I have always been attracted to pulling a Chip & Joanna & getting rid of all the tv. But in all transparency, Todd & I are as technology dependent as everyone else. We each have an iPhone, Todd has an iPad, I have an apple watch, we have every gaming system on the planet because Todd is a major gamer, & I love social media. And hello, you're reading this on my website. Ha! So how did we make limited tech a lifestyle for ... Read More about Part 1: That Year We Went Tech Free
Two years ago, I had a very unbalanced view point on fitness & food. I always felt like eating a certain way & working out 5 days a week was restricting. It was a task I had to do every day, I was telling myself no to certain foods that aren't I entitled to eat if I want??? Life is hard, why make it harder by limiting myself from eating the cookie! But eventually, being sick became harder & more of an impediment to my life & what I wanted for myself than fitting in a 30 minute ... Read More about Food & Fitness Will Set You Free
Short answer: ANYONE & EVERYONE. Yesterday, in a hiking Facebook group I belong to there was a person who wrote a post basically telling parents we are failures if our kids are being carried on the trail & not pushing for more mileage. And while I do believe my kids are capable of so much more than I ever thought they would be at their age, this gentleman's post did nothing to encourage people to get out there & try something new. All he did was send the message that if you aren't ... Read More about Who Can Be A Hiker???