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Dare to “What If…” Like a Kid!

Dare to “What If…” Like a Kid!

As most of us are probably all too painfully aware, little boys (and little girls!) grow WAY too fast…and growing feet need new climbing shoes on the regular, often before the current pair is worn out.  So far we’ve been pretty lucky in the hand-me-down department (we’ve got several pairs in the garage just waiting to be grown into!)  Just recently I noticed that Big C’s shoes had gone from comfortable to what grown-up climbers would refer to as “performance fit”…great for sending that project, but not so great for little feet that are still developing.  So we went into…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Stick is an Excellent Thing…

A Stick is an Excellent Thing…

Recently while at the library, we checked out a book of poems geared towards encouraging outdoor play, entitled “A Stick is an Excellent Thing.”  It’s by Marilyn Singer, with charming illustrations by LeUyen Pham.  One of my favorite poems is the one that the book is named by.  I love it because it creates a beautiful imagery of what happens when children are allowed to let their imaginations run free during unstructured outdoor play times (what we refer to as “green hours” around here.)   Specifically, it reminds me of this special stick that C found out at the crag…Read the rest of this entry →

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A North Carolina Snow Day – We Take What We Can Get Around Here…

A North Carolina Snow Day – We Take What We Can Get Around Here…

  Those of you from other, colder, parts of the country may have heard the almost apocalyptic-sounding tales of the events that surround any weather forecast that happens to mention the words “winter precipitation” down here in the South.  As soon as those words are said, families kick it into high gear.  Moms run to the grocery store to buy bread and milk (which is invariably a waste of time because the shelves will be empty within hours of the announcement.)  Dads fire up the generators and dust off the sleds from the attic, and all the children sit anxiously in front of the TV, hoping…Read the rest of this entry →

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