Today starts our week-long celebration of moms. Outdoorsy moms (or those thinking they may want to try that route), Biking Moms, Camping (or Glamping or My-Kids-Need-Me-To-Camp-Even-Though-I-Hate-It) Moms, Memory-Keeping Moms, Stylish Moms…and everything in between.
Let’s face it, if mom isn’t on board with this whole “outdoorsy thing”, it throws a big wrench in the hopes or plans of the rest of the family. My personal hope is that this week will inspire just a few more recluctant ones to join the “Fresh Air Crowd” and that it will cause ALL of us (moms, women, kids, dads, and men) to celebrate! Plus, we’re doing some pretty awesome giveaways and are honored with a few guest posts too.
We’re starting the week off with some truths about what it really means to be a mom…and how the outdoors holds great value in a mom’s sanity….
“Being a stay at home mom can be really tough – the tedious tasks, the questions, the never ending housework. That said, it is the most fulfilling job I have ever had and I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, I have found over the past few years that my kids and I are happiest when we are outside in the fresh air. Fights are less, stress goes down, I play more too and I somehow forget about all that housework that “has” to be done. Yes, it can be REALLY difficult to manage to get everyone outside (convinced, dressed and physically out the door) but it is something we never regret.”
Amelia, Tales of a Mountain Mama
“As a mom, as a girl, as a woman, I am driven outside by need. It isn’t really a conviction, as much as a
need for refreshment from the sometimes long, tedious, and burdensome days as a mom. I need time to spin free, drink in the sun, and slow my thinking down to one step at a time. I cannot be a good mom without being outdoors adventuring. As Ann Voskamp says in “One Thousand Gifts”:
“I don’t really want more time. I want enough time. Time to breath deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done – yesterday…
I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here.”
Alyssa, The Kid Project
“Raising my child to love playing outdoors has made me a better person and mom. There’s so much pressure out there to be the “perfect” mom, to be good at everything, to have a neat house, to be a good cook, to be active in the community (preschool, soccer, parent teacher associations…), and then to look fashionable and put together on top of it. Meanwhile, the other day it hit me that most of that really didn’t matter all that much to me. I can’t remember the last time I dusted and I can’t bake chocolate chip cookies to save my life but I introduced my four year old son to single track mountain biking on the weekend! How many moms could say that? I feel good about myself for the kind of child I’m raising – and that’s enough. I like living outside the box of what’s normal. Camping, hiking, biking, and paddling together are just some of the things that set us apart from the average family and I love it. We play together as a family and it’s our sanity, our life, and a large part of my identity. Being an outdoor mom is who I am and I feel good about myself because of it.”
“I always look forward to leaving the city behind and sleeping under the soul-nurturing canopy of Mother Nature. There’s no better way for
me to bond with my loved ones than lunching next to a gorgeous waterfall or enjoying my morning coffee while my daughter and I watch the deer graze on the hillside. There is something so magical about it. It fills up my heart and it spills over with love for my family.”
– Jen, Mommy Hiker
“I am forever grateful for my mother’s encouragement to get outside and play, imagine, build, destroy, swim, climb and be there to celebrate and believe all my crazy stories and adventures.”
– Damon, (the dad half of) Nature for Kids
Being outside isn’t just a passion for me, it’s a whole lifestyle. My parents made sure I spent a lot of time outdoors and I in turn make sure my kids spend a lot of time outside. Not just because it’s good for them, but because I need it too. I function better as a human being when I get my outside time and our family functions better when we’re outdoors.
– Lindsay, OutsideMom.com
Daily time in nature definitely makes me a better mother. When I’m feeling frazzled or stressed, irritable in any way, getting outside for a
hike or trail run, or even a simple walk in a garden with my camera, calms me down, reminding me of what’s important in life. Whether it’s getting out for some alone-time, hiking with friends, or playing in nature with my son and/or husband, I always come home happier and more at peace. It makes me a better, more patient, mom. The most rewarding aspect of this daily exposure to nature is the effect it’s had on my son. Not only is he totally comfortable and competent outdoors, but, at five, he’s already learned the meditative benefit of being in nature, too.
– Linda, A Nature Mom
Get Mom the Good stuff!
It’s not too late to find a great Mother’s Day gift! I made a list of what I, personally, think an outdoor-minded mom would love and will be joining my list to some other great outdoor moms’ lists over at the Sierra Trading Post HUB. Psstt….there is a giveaway of a $50 gift card to Sierra Trading Post happening there too (plus a sweet discount code) so you can buy your mom (or yourself) a gift! See my list below and the compilation of lists here at the STP HUB. Just a note: A few of the links from my list below are affiliate links. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
- Stonewear Designs Rockin’ Jacket
- Big Agnes Sleeping Bag and Pad
- Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra
- Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Stretch Crop Pants
- Chaco Z/1 Yampa Sport Sandals
- Light My Fire Deluxe Meal Kit
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