How to spend one day a week outdoors with your family

Over the past year as I've started to share more about our family's outdoor adventures I've gotten questions from people asking how we do this with our children.

I think the overall vague question of "how do you do this?" can actually be broken down into several questions.  Two of them being, "how do you make the time?" And "how to you get multiple family members on board?"

As we have time to articulate our thoughts (we're actually quite busy having adventures and making time to write about having adventures is challenging) we plan to answer these questions fully. Here at FIMBY, our home blog, and ADVENTUREinPROGRESS, our adventure blog and eventually maybe in a book devoted to that very topic, hiking with your family

But before we ever publish a book with gear lists, menu plans and clothing guidelines we would like to help families get started by addressing a few of the basics, one of which is making the time.

Damien just published a fantastic post on this subject. Time is such an important topic to discuss because if you are wanting to be outdoors more with your family finding the time to do so will be one of the biggest obstacles to overcome.

Damien's post, One Day A Week, explains in some detail our family's experience with setting aside one day a week to be outdoors, all together, for the better part of the day (ie: morning till supper).  I follow up on that post with more practical tips from a homemaker's perspective.   Let's just say actually getting out the door is the hardest part of the whole adventure.  Never mind hiking up the actual mountain!

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  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on March 8, 2010, 7:47 p.m.

    i will head over and read damien's post. being outdoors is something we did a lot. until we had kids. :( partly because of the change in our life due to kids, but hugely due to the changes because of mike's job. it is something we are conscious of and in the last several (6+?) months, we have been making changes to our schedule to weave it back into our lives. we are so glad that we are! nicola


  • Hannah

    Hannah on March 16, 2010, 3:09 a.m.

    I'll definitely go read your husband's post. Right now my biggest obstacle seems to be the children's willingness! Despite my idealistic expectations that my kids will want to drop everything to go, do, and explore, they rarely respond enthusiastically to a proposal for a hike, or even a "walk in the woods."

    Thanks for tackling this topic.


  • Reema

    Reema on April 15, 2010, 2:50 p.m.

    Truly loving. I like your idea too close to heart. Actually such trips make the family members feel more secure and closer. In this world of mad race such journey is very vital for family bonding. New York Guide


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