Again, we are honored to have another dad guest blogger with some great reasoning on why it is so important for dads in particular to get their kids outside. Please welcome Jayson Cardwell (and be sure to check out his bio below including a link to his own blog – he has quite a story!) As always, comments and feedback are welcome!
Dads live very hectic and fast paced lives. We burden concerns, cares, and responsibilities that we often don’t mention to anyone else. I’m not saying that women don’t, but for the purposes of this post, I’m focusing on us dads. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, getting out there and making things happen for ourselves and our families, we often overlook a very important and very necessary part of our parenting responsibilities: getting our children out of the house. Now I know we’re all looking forward to that day when they go off to college and we are empty-nesters. I’ve already told my son he’s getting a smile and luggage for his 18th birthday, closely followed by my waving hand, but I’m talking about taking your children into the Great Outdoors.
Jayson blogs over at The Bionic Chronicles with his wife, Jessica. He is a fan of the outdoors and his family, and enjoys both tremendously despite a life-altering Incomplete Spinal Cord skiing injury back in 1999 that almost took his life. Despite his necessary braces, daily pain, a limp and fighting off looks of pity from others, he is out there and a great example for his son. He loves hiking and rock climbing and has a goal of hiking 100 miles in 2012 as a family. In his own words, “Life is a daily adventure which has both its ups and bigger ups. So come with me as I brace up, lace up and finally manage to get up and get going.” What a Dad!