Divide & Conquer (Part 2)

Last time I talked about our Divide & Conquer backpacking trip. This method of splitting kids to maximize excitement is one of our most successful - if logistically challenging - outdoor activity strategies. During pregnancy, postpartum, or simply in times when one parent is pushing harder (or recovering harder) than the other, dividing kids is …

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Divide & Conquer

Our entire family enjoys being outside. We also have very different ability levels right now: A dad, a postpartum mom, 8 and 4 year old daughters, and a 3 month old baby.  This summer is the perfect time for us to employ one of our fall-back techniques for outside activity that everyone is happy with: …

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Summer Day Hiking: What to Bring

What to bring, or, What I Brought My girls and I decided we’d take a few hours to explore a nearby trail loop, the Cienega-Sulphur Creek Loop this week. It’s a 3 mile hike with about 600 feet of elevation change, starting around 7250 feet. The biggest draws for the hike was that it features …

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Hiking and Walking Locally, What’s to know?

Social distancing and continued coronavirus concerns have prompted many to turn to walking, hiking, and running/trail running for exercise as gyms and other group exercise activities remain off limits.  Spending time in nature hiking, walking, or running is a great way to move your body out of work-from-home pose, get some exercise, get away from …

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Kids in Charge: Planning Activities

Recently, I wrote about flexibility when planning activities with kids. Today, I'm writing about stepping back and letting my children take more of a planning role in our activities. My family loves to hike. I have a lot of ideas about where and how to hike in and around Albuquerque. My daughters also have a …

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Flexibility

I’ve been writing about parenting in an active family, and modeling active behavior. This all sounds great, but there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into establishing and maintaining these behaviors. One of the key habits I have to constantly work on is flexibility.  I love to run, hike, camp, and adventure out …

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Modeling (as in, role modeling)

Last post I wrote of some overarching goals I have in active parenting. These goals are uniquely mine, and I hope sharing these thoughts is helpful.  I do believe that in order to truly promote an ideal (e.g., “being active and self aware”) to a person - especially a child, it is critical to model …

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Finding focus for the New Year

Last week I took a day off work and went on a hike with my husband. This first week back to ‘regular life’ after the holidays was a hectic one: new schedules, new after school activities, filtering and organizing the newly imminent 2020 tasks and deadlines. Plus two doctors appointments for me, including my important …

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Creating a toddler-approved active lifestyle

Being out in nature is where I feel most comfortable, happy, and at peace. Hiking is how my husband and I spent the majority of our weekends while dating and in early marriage. These pre-kid hikes usually involved double-digit mileage and year-round crack-of-dawn departures. I was sure to plan my long runs on Saturday before …

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Staying busy, staying sane (while not running!)

The weeks since my last post, where I talked about discovering I had a metatarsal stress fracture have flown by. I have not been running, but I have been cross training. I spent the first 3-4 weeks of injury diligently and vigorously cross training, and felt pretty awesome. However, I soon succumbed to what I …

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