Canoeing with Children


Tips and ideas to help introduce children to the wilderness canoeing
By Outdoor Adventure Canada

So often I hear about people giving up canoeing when they have children. When we were expecting the arrival of our son I thought we were going to join the ranks of parents waiting for the children to get older before taking them on a canoe trip. Canoeing does not end for parents of young children and there is no need to send them to the grandparents in order to go tripping. It does change though; here are some tips and tricks to make canoeing a family event.

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Skating with kids

skatingfront By Debra Scott

Last year my daughter and I went to the rink every Tuesday and Thursday morning.  We were often the only ones there and it was wonderful.  So calm and relaxed.  Sometimes we were there for half an hour other times she would get frustrated after five minutes.  Never-the-less we went regularly and we made it fun.  I never forced her to stay if she wanted to go and I just loved it on those days when she'd say "just a few more minutes mom".  If skating was too much that day we'd spend time playing on the "SNOW MOUNTAIN" that appears every year right beside the rink and a favourite for kids of all ages.

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How to dress for winter

No bad weather, only bad clothing
Dressing right for the weather is the key to enjoying outdoor adventures both for adults and children. For the active outdoor adult, it has long been the consensus that layering is the best system for comfort and warmth. With multiple layers you can adjust the combination to the weather and the level of exertion and changes in temperature.

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Harvest season

When I think about fall, I think about harvest. For me fall is a rich season with all the bounty of food and savory flavors found in winter squash, pumpkins and apples. It is still warm and nice and the trees are beautiful with their change of color. It is the perfect weather for hikes and family outings to farms to bring home what this season has to offer. The stores and farmers markets offer a feast of greens and fruits. Why not go and pick some of them with your family this season. When you come home you can conserve some of it for the winter months. Kids are more likely to surprise you in eating something they had a hand in picking.

 

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fall Gardening


By Kari Svenneby
Our city kids get a thrill out of harvesting fruit and vegetables. They have been doing such good work! Tomatoes you have grown yourself just taste better. It is not just about the harvesting but the whole process; learning together as a family about growing our own food. We definitely appreciate our fruit and vegetables in the stores after our successes and failures. There is a lot of work involved to go from seed to full plants.

 

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