Outdoor Mom: Tip #1
Realize that you don’t have to be the definition of a girl from the country to be an outdoor mom. Let me speak from experience. I am a mom of three. I run a business full time from home, I model for a few well known companies on the side, and yeah I love to get dolled up; but I also love being barefoot with no makeup in tattered clothes playing outside with my kids. Always take advantage of those rare chances when we get free time, rather than sitting inside on electronics.
I like to hunt and fish yes. But I am not by any means going to be featured on the next magazine cover for Bass Pro Shops as best woman angler of 2018. I am simple and I just like to get outside and embrace the outdoors with my kids. You can simply go sit in your yard and kick around the soccer ball. Sometimes, we all lay in my hammock and look at the clouds and share what we see. But trust me when I tell you, being an outdoor mom is more simple than you think, and a lot more fun than you may realize.
Outdoor Mom: Tip #2
Who cares about dirt? I mean seriously? It washes out of clothes and washes off our kids. Let them explore. If they decide to sit and make mud pies for an hour, let them. In fact, sit down and join them. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. If they want to dig for worms for the next fishing excursion, then let them. If they want to play home run derby and slide into home plate every time getting covered in grass stains and dirt, let them. In order to be an outdoor mom you have got to be able to just get dirty.
Who cares if you’ve got dirt on your face and a leaf or two in your messy mom bun, when you see those smiles on your kids faces and hear their laughter as you make memories together outside, I promise the dirt will be an afterthought!
I have found myself covered head to toe in dirt, sweating like I just ran a marathon, clothes stained, and not having a care in the world.
Not only is this relieving, but my kids get to see it’s ok to just let loose have fun. They get to know I’m not going to yell about their stains or care about who is covered in more mud, but instead we will laugh as we make bets on who will take the longest to take all that mud off!
Outdoor Mom: Tip #3
Go outside everyday! Yes I know this sounds extreme. Or maybe you are thinking what about rain or snow etc…doesn’t matter. Everyday make it mission to go outside. Go lay in some soft grass, looking up at the sky, breathing in fresh air and simply relax. Trust me when I say it actually is a huge stress reliever, even if you only can manage 5 minutes a day. Go lay in your hammock and read a book and enjoy the breeze blowing through your hair while the sun warms your skin. Heck, even if it’s raining, be spontaneous.
Go play in the rain. Yes, literally. Grab your kid’s hand and go jump in those rain puddles and see who can make the bigger splash. Don’t be afraid to get wet. In order to be an outdoor mom, you have to tap into your inner child. Remember what it was like to have no inhibitions that make you second guess something that is so harmless and exciting at the same time. You have to be willing to just let go, so you can really experience the outdoors like you used to as a kid. This way you can share it with your own kids and pass down things from when you were a kid to them.
Outdoor Mom: Tip #4
You don’t always need to have everything planned out. While you might have planned a picnic at the park, instead you end up spending the day flying kites, playing soccer, and walking by ponds. Be prepared to just go with the flow and let your kids come up with ideas.
Take a bonfire on a chilly evening as the sun sets, and turn it into a bubble blowing contest as a family.
When you’re out on the water, on a boat, or kayaking, and fishing is your main agenda, turn the need for everyone to try to stay quiet so the fish don’t get scared away, and make it into a fun learning experience or game. As an outdoor mom, you have to be ready to roll with the punches, or at a moments notice, tap into your creative side and be the mom your kids didn’t even know you could be!
Outdoor Mom: Tip #5
I’ll save this for last as its kind of a no brainer. Always be prepared. Make sure to have water, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. Don’t plan to just go outside with your kids for 4 minutes and then be finished. Plan to make an afternoon of it. Be prepared for any emergencies or needs that may arise. It will make it that much easier to handle the situation at hand and then get back to enjoying the outdoors. Try to always have a ball or a frisbee to make regular walks in the park turn into family fun time. Keep extra towels on hand in case someone decides to jump in the lake. Hey, maybe you might even join them!
There is no secret formula on being an outdoor mom. However, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the outdoors with your kids if you simply take that step outside. You don’t have to go any further than your own backyard. You just need to remember what it was like to be a carefree kid who could play outside for hours without any toys and never get bored or tired. Tap into that imagination and explore a new world with your kids. Trust me, you will not regret it and your kids will cherish these memories for a lifetime.