Are You Raising An Adventurous Kid? | 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside

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When I was little, I remember begging to go outside to play with the neighborhood children the minute I was done with breakfast and wasn’t ready to settle down inside until the sun set after dinner. I would be exhausted, smelly, dirty and very happy.

I had the opportunity to write a guest post on this topic that includes 5 ways to  get your kids outside over at Jen and Barb, Mom Life … a site dedicated to sharing original online videos all about being in the trenches of motherhood. The topic this week is raising an adventurous kid.

Check out this great video were Jen and Barb discuss what happened to the good old days when kids clamored to be outside and how to encourage your kids to be more adventurous.

 

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Comments

  1. My kids beg to go outside and play everyday redargless of weather so this is not an issue for me.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    Well not too adventurous, just willing to explore different things.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

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  4. Amy says:

    I try not to discourage imagination and stir up science questions where ever we go. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. MK says:

    Make sure the kids know you’re there to keep them safe.

  6. Claire says:

    we go and travel a lot!

  7. Alicia Ponce says:

    He loves being outside skating , and roller skating in the winter

  8. Melissa Hartley says:

    Well my youngest who still lives with me is 17 & he’s a big gamer but he does like playing
    basketball with his friends at the park. He went swimming a lot this summer, too .. I guess
    he could be doing more things outside .. his new friend wants to start skateboarding .. yikes, I
    will be worried now .. haha .. thanks!

  9. Ali Goff says:

    Just make sure that the kids spend time outdoors. They can’t spend their whole lives in front of the tv.

  10. my kids are more laid back. I try to keep them involved in activities like the scouts.

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    I tell my kids to play outside and explore

  12. Heather Augenstein says:

    I try to encourage my daughter to appreciate all walks of life. After it rains, she runs around and tries to pick up worms and put them in the grass, opposed to the pavement. She catches spiders and relocates them, frogs too. Love this!!!

  13. Danielle Priser says:

    I am constantly shoo-ing my kids outside, and for every half hour they WANT to play on video games/watch tv, they must first ‘pay’ an hour of active play!

  14. Sarah L says:

    We go on daily walks around the lake and see how it changes every day. What birds do you see? What flowers are blooming? What color is the lake today?
    Thanks for the contest.

  15. Beth Ann Erwin says:

    We let her try new things and play outside with hovering!

  16. tracy p. says:

    My kids can be adventerous but most of the time they are not.

  17. Both of my daughters have only girls and they are both very adventurous. They have such an imagination.

  18. Alicia says:

    We take our son river rafting and skiing as often as we can. Although, we don’t push it on him. We wait until he’s ready.

  19. Alan Tong says:

    I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I would try to get them involved in outdoor activities that I enjoy doing like biking, hiking, and fishing. I also love playing soccer and basketball outdoors. Thanks!

  20. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    we love going on vacation together, especially the beach. we have so much fun being outside together.

  21. I let my son explore all of nature, hikes, beach, parks.

  22. Tracy Robertson says:

    I don’t have kids myself, but I always say that parents are way too paranoid! There has always been crime, it’s just advertised more now. Sure, cautions need to be taken, but I think it’s unhealthy to barely let the kids go outside.

  23. Eileen says:

    We’re lucky…we live by a marsh and a great park. So it’s always been easy to nudge the kids to an adventure. Plus, now that they are older, the kids play night games and oh…my…gosh, that marsh is supposed to be haunted! Talk about getting those kids to RUN! LOL! We are lucky the past 11 years we live in an active neighborhood where there are a lot of kids the same age, so are always on the move.

  24. I have a man vs wild son here. He loves exploring our woods, making homemade “bow and arrows” out of tree limbs, he built an air cannon out of old pvc pipe, etc. I encourage his creativity as long as it is safe

  25. Kristin Miller says:

    My son is only 14 months but we spend time each evening outside playing or exploring in our yard. My son loves to be outside and would much rather do that then sit inside watching TV

  26. tracee Bass says:

    I agree with Lisa not too adventurous but I let them explore different things….

  27. Wendy Kroy says:

    Playing outside and walking to the bus can almost be seen as being adventurous these days.

  28. Becky M says:

    I think I am raising adventurous kids… my boys love the outdoors and I encourage them to try new things.

  29. Danielle Papsis says:

    Our daughter loves being outside. We bring her everywhere with us. My parents own a range of farm animals as well exotic animals, so she’s also had the opportunity to interact with a lot of different animals. She loves them all.

  30. Yes I feel we are raising adventorous kids our boys love to be outside and exploring

  31. Jessie C. says:

    DDs love outdoor activities and we make sure they are safe enjoying them.

  32. jodi lasher says:

    My daughter is willing to give anything a try once.. She loves sports mostly.. She is very outgoing and loves to hike and do just about anything

  33. shannon oelrich says:

    I suggest going and making a fort. My boys also like to build jumps for their bikes.

  34. D Schmidt says:

    I am! We encourage our sons by allowing them to play outside often , going for loots of walks and learning through play.

  35. Peggy says:

    Yes, I’m always outside either exercising, playing in the pool, gardening so my kiddos are right by my side enjoying it along with me

    sweetheart4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

  36. Kimberly says:

    We spend our weekends camping and afternoons at the park or pool!

  37. jules p says:

    i try to have our crafting time outside. and then use the elements as part of our craft

  38. brooke says:

    Every other day it’s time to go ride bikes!

  39. Jennifer says:

    I literally cut off the cable and forced my children outside when summer started… I can’t get them inside now!

  40. Cynthia R says:

    i encourage them to play more outside then inside, we like to visit different parks

  41. mary fanara coleman says:

    I think the older my daughter gets the more adventurous she is….trying new sports too.

  42. Lee Black says:

    I send the kids outside most days, and they have lots of fun creating games to play or riding bikes

  43. Stefanie Gladden(ann lyfe) says:

    not too adventurous, but we like to try different things everyday!

  44. Adrienne gordon says:

    We go hiking and hit the trails all the time.

  45. Jennifer Reda says:

    my son is definitely adventurous. he has a bunch of friends on our block, and they play everyday.

  46. carol gentry says:

    We let them discover things only with our supervision. They come to us and we go over everything as to the danger, etc.

  47. Tamara says:

    My kids like going on walks and interacting with nature—like the little cottontail bunnies that live in our backyard! We have lot of adventures outdoors.

  48. My daughter has a very active imagination and loves to play outside.. she pretends to be a spy.. goes ghost hunting..rides her bike..

  49. Karen Lynch says:

    we do activities together and try new things. This summer she kayaked solo insted of doing tandem. It gave her confidence that she is getting stronger and can do things without our help. Also for my birthday we SUPd at a area park. She loved it.

  50. amy v says:

    my 19 mo old is always active lol but my 12 yr old needs encouragement sometimes….but it’s always good to model adventure f or her.

    annae07 at aol dot com

  51. Margaret Smith says:

    We encourage our kids to be adventurous by bringing them along on adventures that we all share. We also are teaching them to be safe at the same time.

  52. Ruby says:

    My daughter is adventurous.. She wants to spend all her time outside.. Most of the times, I have to force her to come home..

  53. Amy Z says:

    My boy absolutely loves traveling and nature, so I would give that question an emphatic yes! 🙂

  54. Erica Barnes says:

    I don’t have kids yet.

  55. Kay M. says:

    We have 13 acres, and my boys are allowed to range over every one of them…as long as they let us know they are going, and don’t do it alone. We have poisonous snakes out there, so I make sure they always have someone with them (who can run back up to the house and ‘tell’) when they go.

  56. anna says:

    I follow her lead!

  57. clynsg says:

    I raised one very adventurous kid and another who was somewhat more cautious–it was a balancing act to encourage one to follow her wishes to experience things and still keep her safe and to encourage the other to spread her wings a little more. Seems to have evened out now that they are adults, since the adventurer is still on the go, but somewhat more reflective about risks, and the cautious one has enjoyed many more things that I know I would not try!

  58. Chrystal D says:

    He’s only 2 and a CONSTANT battle! I just pray that this will calm down some soon!

  59. Charlotte W. says:

    We go on daily adventurers.

  60. Jessica P. says:

    I think the best way to encourage outside time is strictly limiting video games/tv/computers. If there’s nothing “fun” to do inside, they’ll be more apt to go out! We spent all day outside when I was younger. But then we didn’t have the same video games,computer,limitless tv channels,etc..

  61. Jennifer Fredericks says:

    All three of my children play sports/do activities year round. I believe they would totally veg out if we let them, but they enjoy and look forward to their activities We also encourage staying active and exploring the outdoors by going on adventurous vacations like camping and cruising.

  62. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    My kids like to go hiking and exploring in the great outdoors!

  63. Laura Royal says:

    yes, my little one is very adventurous!

  64. Kiara says:

    We like to go hiking.

  65. Andrea Williams says:

    My son has learned to skateboard so he is being quite adventurous with some of the stunts he tries.

  66. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Oh boy! I guess “adventurous” would be one nice way of describing my son. I always gave him as much latitude as possible to ride bikes, hang with friends, do things on his own.

  67. Carla Garcia says:

    YES! my boys latest adventures involve hunting for lizards. thankfully, there are TONS of lizards in the bush outside their window. in fact, that window is an attractant to all sorts of animals.. lizards, frogs, possoms (yes, i said possom in the city!), stray cats,e ct. I’m waiting for a gator to show up.. LOL

  68. I try to let my kids be adventurous to an extent and let me have fun outside

  69. Maureen says:

    There are young ones in my family who are constantly climbing on everything they meet. Trees, swings etc.

  70. my son loves to hike, camp, fish, climb trees, and ride his bike no handed lol

  71. Amy Orvin says:

    I don’t have kids but I have pets and they do adventurous things all the time.

  72. Emily says:

    My daughter is into everything. I encourage to investigate new things.

  73. Carrie says:

    I don’t have any kids but I do have an 8 year old adopted sister. I think whenever she spends time with my husband and I we encourage her to be pretty adventurous within reason 🙂 Tonight, we took her ‘night swimming’ at our apartment and she loved it!

  74. Karen A. says:

    My kids are grown but one of my granddaughters is adventurous. She’ll try anything while her older sister just watches.

  75. Natalie U says:

    my older child is especially adventrous, her favorite thing is to skydive and short ski down the extreme slopes
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  76. Christy says:

    I think so. My daughter got an idea to have a campout in the backyard so we did. We pitched a tent and she slept out there all night.

  77. Nicole L. says:

    We go on family hikes.

  78. Amber says:

    I encourage the kids to go outside and don’t allow video games in the house!

  79. Jenny Sims says:

    Mine is actually pretty cautious! I do my best to encourage his independence and let him get out and explore the world.

  80. Jennifer B says:

    Yes, my daughter would rather run around outside. We restrict tv time/computer time and encourage outdoor activity, we also do a lot together outside

  81. Carly says:

    I don’t have a kid, but if I did, I hope they will be adventurous!

  82. reeva says:

    he rides his bike while I “chase” him. What he doesn’t know is, I’m going for a jog, but it makes it fun for both of us.

  83. robyn paris says:

    my adventurous child is an adult who still plays and just ran a mud run.

  84. Britt says:

    I like to set up scavenger hunts incorporating science, history math and critical thinking but all in a really fin wqay with a surprise at the end.

  85. Jennifer Haile says:

    He’s not as adventurous as I was as a kid so it takes some easing him into it.

  86. Steve Stone says:

    help them wiht different activities to explore this side

  87. crafty says:

    My granddaughter is not too adventurous, I take her outside to play in the peach orchard like I did.

  88. They’d be more adventurous if our area were not so mosquito infested. We try to get out and hike when we can and explore new things.

  89. Tari Lawson says:

    My son is generally not adventurous. However, he loves nature and hiking, especially up rocks and steep inclines. While it makes me nervous, we do encourage him while reinforcing safety measures.

  90. Cynthia C says:

    I would describe my kids as curious but not adventurous. When they were small, I encouraged them by providing an intellectually stimulating environment with lots of books, materials and experiences.

  91. Shannon Morris says:

    I encourage them simply by making sure they have lots of time outside

  92. Nicole Tackett says:

    We have a bike trail right across the street from our house and we are always walking or riding bikes

  93. Pauline M says:

    We live by a park and my kids will tell me that they’re going on an adventure and take off! It’s fun to see the games they make up with their friends!

  94. I encourage my kids to go outside and do something everyday.

  95. Jennifer says:

    My 2 year doesn’t fear anything and loves being outside.

  96. Linda G. says:

    We like to go to our local park to explore on the trails

  97. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my kids are somewhat adventurous. i encourage them to pursue their interests

  98. DeeAnn S says:

    I always encouraged my kids to be adventurous and try new things. As long as they weren’t hurting themselves or others they could build forts, climb trees, or whatever they imagined. Luckily, no one ever broke a bone! 🙂

  99. Brynn Dexter says:

    Encouraging to use their imagination!

  100. brandy says:

    make sure the kids have plenty of things to do outside and not be in the house in front of the Xbox.

  101. Theresa Shafer says:

    I encourage any activity as long as safety measures are taken. Helm, elbow & knee pads, goggles if speed racing.

  102. Theron W. says:

    I encourage my two daughters to take an interest in foreign languages to facilitate international travel

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  103. Gianna Caruso says:

    I take my nephews on little adventures and we take pictures

  104. My daughter is not afraid to try to do anything, she just assumes she can do it!

  105. Robby Rob says:

    my son is very adventurous. he has no fear. he started diving into the pool, loves riding his bike, loves roller coaster, runs around like a maniac, jumps off of the swings no matter how high he is swinging and more. he’s only 6

  106. Anastasia says:

    I try to take advantage of any opportunity that comes up for her to go somewhere or do something new 🙂 Even if I’m a little nervous about letting her out of my sight lol 🙂

  107. Trasina McGahey says:

    I always try to have lots of fun things for the kids to do. In the summer the best thing I have found is the water slide. They have to climb up the back over and over again which is such great exercise!

  108. paige chandler says:

    I don’t need to encourage activity. My kids are non stop.

  109. Lauren U says:

    My kid is a few weeks away from being born. But I certainly hope he turns out to be adventurous.

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  110. Linda Lansford says:

    I don’t have a kid but if I did they would be given opportunities

  111. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My son likes to play outside, he’s not real adventerous yet since he’s still only 3 but I imagine he will be! He wants to go camping pretty bad so we are going to try taking him soon!

  112. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I encourage activity by having my kids check the mail, take our dogs for a walk, and we all go on little picture field trips around our neighborhood, we take pictures of the interesting things we see.

  113. colleen boudreau says:

    I don’t have any kids.

  114. Suzanne K says:

    I think I am because I’ve encouraged and supported her to try all kinds of different things, and THEN decide if she likes them or not

  115. Mimi says:

    My boys are able to go biking with the neighbors in the neighborhood. It’s pretty small. My older girls are in college, so I understand about giving your kids wings!

  116. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My daughter went to. Sleep away camp
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  117. Tabathia B says:

    I go outside and play frisbee with my kids and take them to the park to play

  118. Theresa Jenkins says:

    My kids were aloud to choose 2 activities at a time>>>and I knew where and who they were with

  119. Pinky Sade says:

    I encourage and allow them to play outside and enjoy nature

  120. Rochelle says:

    I try to keep our family adventurous family by taking field trips around town and all over. Also, go camping, traveling and to museums. History is so much more fun in person. Thanks!

  121. debbie jackson says:

    oh yes, esp with motorcycles and 4 wheelers

  122. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I hope we do! Our 5 year old goes to karate, swimming, he loves sushi 🙂

  123. Tiff S. says:

    Yes, I am. I like to get her outside daily to run and explore and play!!

  124. Holly B says:

    She’s still young enough that I don’t want too much adventure, but I try not to make a big deal out of little bumps and scrapes. Kids really take their cues from how you react and can learn to take minor falls in a stride instead of dissolving into tears.

  125. elven johnson says:

    I would make up a treasure hunt or ask them to find me a number things from outside that is yellow or smells or whatever.

  126. I encouraged my kids to be adventurous by occasionally doing the unexpected, like playing the in the rain.

  127. Sarah L says:
  128. I encourage the kids to be outside as much as possible and give them free reign to “build” and explore when they are out. They have surprised us by building their own fort, stage and theater in the forest and then they shocked me by panning for gold in the creek with all our baking pans and strainers after watching a film, lol.

  129. Christina says:

    I love to get outside and explore with my kids as much as possible. This summer we made it our mission to go to as many state parks as we could (within a few hours driving distance). It was great to get out and explore nature… hike the trails.

  130. heather eg kaufman says:

    I try to get my kids to play outside as much as they can. We take them to lots of different parks & trails.

  131. tam childers says:

    My boy throws a fit if i try to get him to come inside he loves getting dirty.

  132. Kristy Thiel says:

    I encourage my daughter to explore!

  133. Stephanie O says:

    Not too adventurous, it will be different in a few years when we are in the country. They do play outside and make grass soup and play in dirty but it is a little space. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  134. Dwayne Berry says:

    We’re trying to get our daughter to try new things—like we recently enrolled her in a dance class where she will learn tumbling, tap and ballet.

  135. Tarah says:

    My son would live outside if we let him. He loves to explore and find new things.

  136. robyn paris says:

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  137. we try to make it to the park every couple days. and play outside all the others.

  138. amy marantino says:

    yes, they are adventurous . probably because they follow my lead… i am willing to try anything once.

  139. Lisa F. says:

    With kids and young people, you have to let them have some amount of freedom to explore things and become the fantastic individuals they can be.

  140. Mary Calabrese says:

    Well, he could be if he could tear himself away from the TV and/or video games!!!!!

  141. Lily Kwan says:

    I don’t have kids but if I did I would be raising an adventurous one. ;0D

  142. Michelle C says:

    I encourage my kids to try new things and I try to set a good example for them to follow! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  143. Kyl Neusch says:

    no kids do I have

  144. Erin Collins says:

    I don’t have any kids.

  145. Katherine says:

    I have two different personalities, one is never content to sit still and always on the go while the other one has to be prodded to be active~

  146. Katherine says:

    I have two different personalities, one is never content to sit still and always on the go while the other one has to be prodded to b

  147. Cindy Merrill says:

    I’m an honorary Grandma to my hubby’s grandkids- an “extra Granny”: Julia, the oldest, loves wild animals, I was told she found a baby skunk while out on a walk in the woods with her mom…..and begged to keep it.

  148. absolutely, they love playing sports and playing outside.

  149. Kim H says:

    Yes, three of them! All of my kids would live outside if they could!
    cozycreations07 at aol dot com

  150. Kate F. says:

    I don’t have kids.

  151. Patricia Treskovich says:

    no kids but I was adventerous

  152. Allison Downes says:

    Not too adventurous, but they love playing outside alot

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  153. Fawn H says:

    I have boys who love to be outside and explore everything.

  154. Cheryl W says:

    We aren’t too adventurous, but we do like to go on walks and have picnics.

  155. Ellie W says:

    We take our grandsons to parks, walking trails, and various activities all the time. I like to keep them active.

  156. Helena says:

    I don’t know, really, just that I have always loved to be outdoors and have been an example for that. Plus, they love the dog, who is an outside dog and is very active too!

  157. Daniel M says:

    we like to go biking and throwing around the football/frisbee

  158. Monique Rizzo says:

    Yes, my daughter loves Fishing,Camping etc!!
    Thanks for the chance.
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  159. Yes i have 2 very adventurous nieces, and i encourage it by letting them play outside where their imagination can run wild! I’m due to have a baby in less than a month and i want to raise him very adventurous as well, i’ll take him camping and show him that the world is a big adventure! 🙂

  160. Kathy Rambousek says:

    I don’t have a “too” adventuresome child, but a friend of mine has a pretty active active son. She enrolled him in gymnastics

  161. My son is adventurous. He is involved in baseball, basketball and track & field. He also takes jogs around the neighborhood. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  162. Barbara Montag says:

    One is adventurous and one not.
    I set a good example by not being afraid to try new things.
    Thank you.

  163. Megan says:

    I’m not raising any kid at the moment! 🙂

  164. Cindy says:

    They like playing video games.

  165. Katharine Davis says:

    I try, take them to the park to run free, but I watch them because of the world we live in

  166. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    Even though I was in my wheel chair I still take my niece on walks and encourage her to pick up soda cans while we are on these walks I encourage her to walk and explore the different plants and see how many different plants and types of leaves she can bring back to me.

  167. no kids for me
    Thanks for the contest! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  168. rebecca day says:

    my daughter is not at all adventurous

  169. DARLA KIDDER says:

    Both of my sons are grown now but when my youngest son was younger he was very adventurous since he has A.D.H.D , he took off 2 times when we were on family outings.

  170. Katie Rose says:

    Yes. Right now they are still little enough that they have to fear (lovely, lol) so I am the one who is checking the safety of their activities, but when they want to try to climb something or jump off it or go romping through the muck, I’m surprised at how well they have already gauged their abilities and it is rare that I have to intervene in some way.

    • Katie Rose says:

      that should be NO fear!

  171. Tamar says:

    My son’s adventures (he’s only 3 and we live in NYC) involves running away from mommy and daddy in the street. That’s scary as heck for us so I’d say yes. We’re moving to the burbs and will have a yard to let him continue his adventurous pursuits

  172. courtney hennagir says:

    i try to get my son involved in whats happening around us. i like to take him for walks with a magnifying glass. he loves to look in side the cracks of tree bark and see all the little critters that live there.

  173. Jannie Bryant says:

    Provide them time, activities, and supplies.

  174. april yedinak says:

    My kids love to be outside and I ‘encourage’ it by throwing them out every day to play. They are allowed to roam our neighborhood as long as they stick together and they have tons of outdoor toys and balls to play with.

  175. Rosanne says:

    Yes my oldest and 3rd were adventurous. Wish they weren’t -gave me a lot of gray hair and health problems when the oldest did 3 tours in Iraq! That’s where adventure can lead you. Don’t agree with you

  176. Lynn says:

    I don’t want the kids too be too adventurous, more like willing to explore. i don’t want them running around touching everything but willing to take a look first. So we go hiking.

  177. ROB says:

    not a parent, can’t really comment

  178. K.Pugh says:

    I am always taking my kids somewhere. The park, an outdoor festival, the woods.
    Thanks for the chance.

  179. My son is very adventurous he loves trying new things and we support him 100%!

  180. dario says:

    my daughter takes tae kwon do, piano lessons, and does geo cahcing with the library

  181. Marcia Goss says:

    My granddaughter plays outside everyday. She roller skates and rides her bikes with her friends in the neighborhood.

  182. Christina Sparks says:

    My 16 yr daughter joined a yoga class I am proud of her.

  183. Diana Stanhope says:

    I did not raise an adventurous kids in fact I had to venture out to encourage her to explore her world. We had fun learning about our world together.

  184. joni says:

    My daughter is all music. She plays just about all instruments. I just encourage her to follow her dreams. She wants to go to NYC or LA for work.

  185. Aimee Fontenot says:

    I don’t have children of my own, but when I watch my nieces and nephews I always let them play outside. I often play with them outside also. We run around, swim, I push them on the swing, we play catch, and just play whatever they want.

  186. Alyssa F says:

    i encourage my kids to get out more. I take them to the local farms and such

  187. Jill H says:

    I have always encouraged my son to participate in sports and we like to go camping, hiking and rock hunting.

  188. kjasus says:

    we are at the playground nearly every day

  189. Jill swank says:

    I get my son outside to help with horses and doing yard work. This summer he helped his dad put a fire put in the backyard.

  190. JoAnn F. says:

    We search for butterflies and pinecones.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  191. Mary Happymommy says:

    My older son is very adventurous, but my younger two are a little more cautious.

  192. Robert Pyszk says:

    I go on adventures with them to encourage them

  193. jennifer cecil says:

    We try new types of food and try to go on an adventure out of town at least once a year.

  194. Mell says:

    We have outdoor activities as a family at least 4 times a week. The other days, the kids play organized sports.

  195. Geri S says:

    I always encourage my kids and grand-daughters to read and be adventurous through books, you can learn and dream by reading a book.

  196. Pamela Halligan says:

    I am raising an adventurous kid. Video gaming and TV watching is limited in my house. Instead, we play outside – together. I let him make mistakes so he can learn from those mistakes. I take him exploring at the local trails and parks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  197. Pamela Halligan says:

    My favorite part of the video was the comment about the “Helicopter Parents.” I felt like shouting, “Amen!”

  198. Brandy says:

    Definitely. We’re all about adventures. Our son is 6 months old and has been to over 20% of the States already and Germany!

  199. Nancy Sloan says:

    Yes, our kids are very adventerous!!

  200. AMBER P says:

    I sign my kids up for multiple sports and activities as kids that way they can get exercise while they figure out which one they have passion for.

  201. Tara says:

    My son likes to play outside!

  202. Trevor Clinger says:

    yes, my son enjoys finding different shapes and sizes of sticks

  203. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter isn’t adventurous at all. In fact we are always trying to get her to step out of her comfort zone

  204. Marianne Reeher says:

    I allow all my children to get involved in any activity they choose,whether its music,sports,ect..Helps to show their creative side and learn new things.I never force anything onto them.One thing I like to do is let them play in the rain.

  205. Kim Reid says:

    We try to limit computer/tv time and encourage reading and other play time – Thanks!

  206. Cody Anderson says:

    We try new things, especially outdoors.

  207. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    No, we don’t have any childern

  208. Carol W says:

    We like to go on a lot of day trips and explore new places and things to do.

  209. Jessica Fox says:

    We LOVE geocaching! Gets us outdoors every day.

  210. micheal dale grim says:

    my 2 kids are very adventures,a little to much for my comfort!!!

  211. Jessica Carnaggio says:

    I try to get him outside whenever I can.

  212. gina says:

    My son is 20 months old & we take him hiking & to the park & to the beach & we encourage him to explore & do lots of walking & running on his own & not be carried all the time. He loves to be outdoors.

  213. Debbie R says:

    My kids are very adventurous and always want to be outside, they like to try many things and activities.

  214. Paula Tavernie says:

    I encourage him to use his imagination and let him expand physicly and mentaly!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  215. We play jungle and dino dig indoors…. leave outside to just play

  216. Jayne G says:

    Yes. We visit parks, playgrounds, and museums to explore.

  217. I buy my kids a lot of outdoor toys so they will get excited about being outside!

  218. ashley says:

    Encourage to try new things!

  219. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    we try to help the grandkids with their imaginations by playing with them
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  220. michelle says:

    My son is sort of adventurous, he doesn’tlike to try new things but ince hes done it once good luck stopping him and he becomes fearless with adding to his new skill set. I like to enrill him in lessons for like swimming and gymnatstics and always show him that mom and dad try new things too

  221. Jacqueline Griffin says:

    My son is a Navy SEAL so I guess he is really adventurous! We played a lot of sports and that helped get our kids outside and moving.

  222. adrienne warren says:

    Never had any trouble motivating a child to be adventurous. Some times have trouble motivating people (child and or adult) toward adventures that are worth while. Yeh Yeh Mr. “but it’s cool having ear lobes down to your knees” I’m talking about you.

  223. Audra Weathers says:

    My 3 year old is a little too adventurous for my taste, but I am glad she enjoys exploring her world and being outside playing.

  224. Denise Donaldson says:

    She is very adventurous. I encourage her to play outside as much as she can

  225. My son has a need for speed! He’s 8 and loves all things fast and furious. So we’ve gotten him a dirtbike and a four wheeler so he can ride to his hearts content!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  226. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Having my first child, a baby boy, this month and I plan on just encouraging outside activities, sports and exploring!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05@yahoo.com

  227. Ash Johnson says:

    My little girls is very daring. Her brother is the complete opposite.

  228. Jammie says:

    I am, I am encouraging it by allowing her to explore and discover new things. I think a key to a smart kid is hands on and learning as they discover new things.

  229. Lisa Garner says:

    I think I have very adventerous children. We encourage lots of outdoor play and go on lots of bike rides and trips to the park.

  230. niesha says:

    we are going to St Louis so I would love to be able to take my kids to the giant childrens musem there!!

  231. Starr Greenwell says:

    I did raise one and he was gas::)

  232. Jimmy says:

    We go hiking and exploring in the park.

  233. Jimmy says:

    We go exploring in the park.

  234. Carolyn N. says:

    I have seen that by giving them enough liberty to explore and be adventurous within limits greatly helps their creativity and independence.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  235. Debra Hall says:

    a busy mind makes for a fun day

  236. Ericka says:

    I encourage it by going out on hikes and exploring new things, we also go on treasure hunts as well.

  237. Julie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

  238. Jen Harriman says:

    My kids play outside all the time. We have been 6 months without video games in the house. I love it! They love it!

  239. Erica C. says:

    I hope they are getting exposure to a lot of adventures. We often try new activities and get outside often.

  240. Kelly Britton says:

    My son is grown, but I always let him go out and just be a kid, getting dirty, venturing out away from home more and more and letting him experience spending time with other friends and family.

  241. Angela says:

    Yes, we go hiking and camping all of the time!

  242. Mary Cloud says:

    I’m definitely raising an adventurous kid – I just step back and as long as he isn’t doing anything to get hurt I let him do his thing

    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  243. julie hawkins says:

    MIne are toddlers, but they seem very adventurous already

  244. r hicks says:

    yes,both of ours are adventurous and we encourage it by letting them participate in slightly risky activities like motor bike riding, skateboarding etc

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  245. kirsten gerek says:

    I dont have kids but i had a big hand in raising my little brother. We would always go to museums and read historical books and then use what we learned in our imagination games.

  246. Russell Moore says:

    It’s grandkids now, and I try to be willing to go with them on their adventures when no one else can.

  247. Heather S says:

    we go on adventures like hiking and learn about nature

  248. we live in the mountains…both my kids have always loved hiking, exploring and pitching tents for a last minute “i found the perfect spot!” camp out!

  249. Victoria R. says:

    We try a different outdoor adventure every quarter – this fall we are ziplining!

  250. Carolyn Daley says:

    The best thing for an adventurous kid is to get them involved in a social activity be it sports or some type of club that helps keep them active while allowing them to explore new things.

  251. knhung phan says:

    Yes, I encourage them by letting them make mistakes and run around, and know that it is all about exploring and getting a little hurt to learn and grow.

  252. chadro says:

    no not really if you want the truth

  253. I find that letting them make and learn from simple mistakes in nature and cautioning them against strong dangers lets your child become more secure and safe when they do happen to wonder off on their adventures

  254. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter is adventurous and I encourage this by taking her on road trips with no destination in mind. We explore places we have never been. THis summer, I took her to the abandoned turnpike where we hiked, and the building that was in the shape of a teapot, and I organize kickball and volleyball with the neighborhood kids. We squeeze every second of the day that we can.

  255. Inez Cegelis says:

    Im not raising any children, but I remember my adventures in the great outside as a kid fondly.

  256. laurie nemeth says:

    Just to let the kids use their imagination and encourage them

  257. Kimberly B. says:

    Sometimes I have to encourage them to get outside, but we try to go to a paark or nature trail when it’s nice weather.

  258. kelley wood says:

    my kids love outside. we have a zip line in the back. they could stay out all day.

  259. Odelia C says:

    My kids stay active and adventurous by playing a variety of sports year round, playing outside, and trying new things.

  260. Miranda mora says:

    A trampoline (and pool noodles for “swords”) were one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

  261. amy says:

    I have 5 kids and my husband works a lot of hours, so we are often on our own, but I don’t let it stop us from exploring the world we live in and going on adventures often. Where we currently live, playing outside is not always feasible, but we do try, and I cannot wait to move to an area that will allow this even more!

  262. amy deeter says:

    my kids are adventerous.they use their imagination
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  263. My girls were very adventurous, ready to try something new at the drop of a hat.

  264. Michelle P says:

    My husband and I are avid scuba divers. My son is only three but he has heard so much about diving and about life under the sea that he cannot wait to dive! He has a seriously adventurous spirit.

  265. Carolyn K. says:

    I love taking my nephews on hikes in the woods and through fields to discover new things! They love it too. 🙂

  266. Michelle Knopp says:

    I think we’re all raising adventurous kiddos, especially if we give them freedom to roam. I homeschool my two boys, so we are fortunate to explore our world and learn in the great outdoors or in the community on a daily basis.

  267. Susan Smith says:

    No my children are not adventurous, they are more the shy studious type

  268. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    Ummm I try to but not as much as i should probably

  269. Kristen says:

    We love to go to our friend’s house in the country and climb trees and play in the creek.

  270. Ashley Tucker says:

    No, I don’t have kids yet

  271. christal c w says:

    My daughter is very active. She does just about every sport and has recently started dirt bike racing. I encourage her by watching and helping when I can.

  272. Monica Lee says:

    I have my son in cub scouts!

  273. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I do, I want my daughter to live her life to the fullest and not regret anything when she’s an adult. I can at times be too protective though 🙂

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  274. mary j says:

    I am not raising an adventuresome kid.

  275. Nicole C. says:

    I am raising a very adventurous kid. She is not scared of anything and I spend a lot of time reigning her in!

  276. susan smoaks says:

    our son is adventurous, we encourage it by watching him closely and helping him stay safe while he explores the big adventurous world around him!

  277. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    My nieces and nephews are very adventurous…they don’t need encouragement to go outside…they need encouragement to come back inside!

  278. Jill Myrick says:

    My son loves trying new and adventurous things. And I encourage him by always being thrilled to try them with him.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  279. Dawn Reid says:

    My kids love the outdoors and we make lts f plans fr them to enjoy it mre.
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

  280. Lynde F. says:

    My boys are always outside!! My youngest is always building forts, playing army, playing ANYTHING outdoors!! My oldest is playing basketball 24/7 outside-rain or shine, he is down the block at the court if he is not home. My kids are awesome & adventurous<3

  281. Beth Palacios says:

    My oldest child is extremely active. Her mind and mouth go a speeds that I cannot even keep up with! I’m always searching for different activities that keep her occupied. Scavenger Hunts in the backyard are a good way to keep her busy and allow her to explore.

  282. Coriander Warren says:

    Our family (3 kids plus hubby & me) liek to go on nature walks and travel to different state parks and nature preserves.

  283. Alecia says:

    Being outside is all I remember as a chld. We are constantly going to the park, outdoor fairs, amusement parks, playgrounds, beach,….. It does develop a more adventurous child. I get a little paranoid with all the “news” – but teaching your kids the rules and good habits will protect them when you are not with them.

  284. No kids just yet, still TTC. But when the time comes I will raise my child to be adventurous.

  285. Kathy Pease says:

    my son has always been very adventurous and he loves sports and anything active.we have always encouraged him by being there for him and attending his games

  286. vikki Billings says:

    We go to different places, not the usual places like parks etc…but museums and amusement parks, also kalidescope

  287. mary gardner says:

    i try to let them have as much free time outside to play, imagine and explore.

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  288. Tanya White says:

    My children are very active from sports in school to playing outside daily.
    tanyajoshanti81@gmail.com

  289. Caitlin McClure says:

    I plan to raise an adventurous boy! He’s going to be born this month

  290. Ann Council says:

    I try to let my child take the lead often.

  291. cassandra (rab pom) says:

    Yes my son loves camping, snowboarding and getting into trouble lol.
    fb: rab pom

  292. Derek Timm says:

    Yes, but always keep an eye on them.

  293. Roxann says:

    He’s not too adventurous but being special needs I am sure that is a good thing. When my other 3 were young they were pretty adventurous.

  294. Michelle H. says:

    I try to encourage play. But, I also don’t let the young ones go out by themselves.

  295. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    WE encourage dress up and make believe

  296. Tim Moss says:

    Unfortunately we don’t have children. Please still enter me in the drawing.

  297. Missy L says:

    We went on a bug search outside to go along with our school lessons. My kids are young and they really enjoyed the adventure.

  298. Penny B W says:

    We play outside a lot, take nature hikes and encourage him to try all sports!

  299. melina r says:

    My kids are adventerous, we go for evening walks around our neighborhood

  300. Lauralyn Ward says:

    My daughter chose to go to a school in a big city across the country. Adventurous for sure!

  301. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    My kids are super adventurous and love acting out movie scenes outside!

  302. Resham says:

    Play outside & explore new things

  303. Julia Baxter says:

    We ride bikes as a family to stay active.

  304. Tim Stephens says:

    I get my little girl to new parks and into outdoor activities as much as possible… she’s loves exploring the new places and things she can do…

  305. bryan e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we try to give our kids the same freedom we had as kids, as little “helicoptering” as possible: they have free rein of the backyard & neighborhood to play.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Bryan E.

  306. Lisa L says:

    Yes, my son is adventurous. I encourage this by taking him out a lot..we also travel a lot.

  307. Gaines Simmons says:

    I play sports with the kids. Thank you for this opportunity.

  308. AEKZ2 says:

    I hope that I’m raising adventurous children. I encourage my children to try new things before making judgments about it.

  309. Amy says:

    We encourage this by spending a lot of time outdoors

  310. Candice Hull says:

    Oh my goodness….my boys have no fear and they want to explore everything and do everything! Both of them were climbing on my kitchen counters before they were even a year old. I try to encourage them by keeping them entertained, helping them try new things in a safe way and coming up with alternatives for the dangerous stuff. One son wants to jump off the roof (he’s 5) so I said we should start by jumping off the step ladder in to a pile of pillows—little bit of a compromise 😀
    Thank you

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