Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids: A Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors

Paperback | June 1, 2011

byEugene Buchanan

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There is a movement upon us and it's full of parents who refuse to let their children become a statistic of childhood obesity, and who understand the fate of the environment rests with connecting their kids with the outdoors. Outdoors Parents, Outdoor Kids shines a much needed headlamp on helping parents accomplish this and more. With an informative and entertaining look at biking, camping, swimming, paddling, snowsports, hiking, fishing, climbing and more, award-winning author Eugene Buchanan extends parents a helping hand in getting their kids outside and instilling in them a respect for their health and the environment. It's a set of training wheels for first-time parents and an essential guide for hair-pulling veterans.

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There is a movement upon us and it's full of parents who refuse to let their children become a statistic of childhood obesity, and who understand the fate of the environment rests with connecting their kids with the outdoors. Outdoors Parents, Outdoor Kids shines a much needed headlamp on helping parents accomplish this and more. W...

A former reporter for the Denver Business Journal and 14-year editor-in-chief of Paddler magazine, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 25 years, from covering the X Games for ESPN.com to working for NBC at the Beijing Olympics. A Fellow member of the Explorer's Club and contributor to Men's Journal's The Great ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.99 × 7 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Fox Chapel PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1565236351

ISBN - 13:9781565236356

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Table of Contents

Introduction

A Parenting Prologue

CH 1: Getting out while you can

CH 2: Bicycling with kids

CH 3: Snowsports with kids

CH 4: Camping with kids

CH 5: Hicking and Backpacking

CH 6: Jogging with Junior

CH 7: Paddling with kids

CH 8: Climbing with kids

CH 9: Fishing with fingerlings

CH 10: Swimming with kids

CH 11: Data for mommas and dadas

 

 

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 I have fond memories of childhood. I lived in a subdivision in a small town that was surrounded by undeveloped land. When we were not in school, the neighborhood kids played outside until we were called home for dinner. More often than not, we were blazing trails through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding bicycles on grand adventures. My own children are growing up in a much more urban area. Although my children are blessed with a large yard and plenty of neighborhood buddies, they do not have the same opportunities to interact with nature that I had at their age. As a parent, I look for opportunities for my children to explore the great outdoors.I admit that I have grown soft when it comes to outdoor pursuits. I run for exercise, but I’m certainly not an outdoorsman. This summer, I paid for my daughter to have a week at nature camp so she could enjoy some of the childhood experiences that I remember so fondly, but I have room for improvement when it comes to spending time with my children outdoors. In his new book, Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids, author Eugene Buchanan encourages parents to be more active with their children. As most of us are aware, we have a growing problem with obesity in the United States. According to Buchanan, 13% of our children are obese, and kids spend an aver of 44 hours a week in front of TVs, computers, and video games.While he doesn’t claim to be the Dr. Ruth of Recreation, Buchanan has spent many hours with his family camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and rafting. He believes that these activities positively impact everyone by bringing families together and making them healthier. He admits that recreating with kids can be quite challenging: there will be moments times of crying, anger, and frustration. But good times far outweigh the bad, and his family cherishes the times they spend together outdoors.Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids reaches a wide audience. I admit that my outdoor skills are a bit rusty, and I appreciated the chapters dealing with more benign activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. For those families ready to tackle greater adventures, Buchanan shares information about snorkeling, climbing, backpacking, and surfing. Each chapter includes basic information about specific sports, but the most helpful information tells how to engage in these activities as a family. By sharing his own successes and failures, describing specific equipment designed for families, and suggesting locations and itineraries, Buchanan makes conquering recreational activities with children seem manageable and exciting.Buchanan’s greatest asset is his experience, but the most enjoyable aspect of Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids is Buchanan’s humor. Every chapter is filled with hilarious anecdotes that make this how-to book seem more like humorous memoir. He gives great advice for planning recreational activities, encourages families to expand their adventure repertoire, and keeps readers laughing from beginning to end. Our family has a lot to learn and much room for improvement, but the suggestions found in Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids give us the information we need to get moving. As Buchanan states, the way to get kids involved in the outdoors is to take them there. When we as parents turn off the televisions, computers, and phones, we can encourage our children to do the same. By spending time together in nature, our families and our health will be stronger because of it.