Why It's Important to get our Girls Outdoors - Guest Blog by Sarah from North Country Littles
Posted on 27 June 2016
All photos by @NorthCountryLittles
Raising girls is a daunting task and more-and-more there is a dialogue happening in this country about how we can give our daughters the tools to be strong leaders and effective communicators. Something I feel strongly about is this idea that children should get outside, get dirty and that exploration leads to creativity, bravery and just a generally more engaged and thoughtful little human.
Since starting Chocolate Milke, in November of 2015, it’s been a privilege to connect with cool mamas all over the country who share my view on getting kids outside. One of my favorites is Sarah, who you may already be familiar with from her blog: www.northcountrylittles.com or IG handle: @NorthCountryLittles. Raising three girls in Alaska, Sarah has no shortage of impressive images of her girls climbing rocks, jumping in puddles and adventuring in the breathtaking Alaska Terrain. I was beyond excited when she reached out to me about brand-repping for us, and through this exchange we began discussing the “why” it’s so important to encourage our girls to go explore.
See below for Sarah’s Guest Blog on why she value’s getting her girls outdoors:
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET OUR GIRLS OUTDOORS
– BY SARAH, FROM NORTH COUNTRY LITTLES
I love having my girls in nature, I love that they enjoy getting dirty, aren’t afraid to pick up bugs or splash in water. I love that they are tough, can walk long distances, and climb steep hills. But why? Why do I place value on these things? When I got the opportunity to talk about why we spend so much time outdoors and why I feel it is important for my girls to be self-confident I was so excited. I thought, "wow, I got this, we live for this stuff". Then I came up blank, my thoughts were all over the place, I didn’t feel like I could nailed down the 'why'. Why do I want my daughters to be covered in mud? Why do I want them to not only climb big rocks, but to jump off? Why do I want them to be able to hike for miles and enjoy it? Why? Well, I finally I found my answer.
When my girls are outside they are on fire. There is a light inside them that burns brighter than ever. Why does this matter? Because there is so much in our world that brings us down, that tries to make young girls and women feel like their worth is tied to material goods or their looks. Nature can change that. Exploring, pushing yourself and gaining new skills can change that. It is so important to instill in our girls a sense of adventure; for them to know that they are capable. So much of our children’s self-esteem is shaped at an early age, we have the great privilege to build our girls up so much so that no one in the world can tear them down. A lot of my girls' self-confidence comes from what we do on the trails. When we get done with a long hike my girls are so excited to talk about how far their strong legs took them. If there is a river or lake around us my girls push themselves to pick up the biggest rocks they can and hurl it as far as they can into the water. It brings me so much joy to watch them push their limits and see what their bodies are capable of.
Most recently this has made the biggest impact on my oldest daughter. She is 4 years old and very timid. I used to not be able to get her to do anything unless her younger sister did it as well. The more we get out in nature and the more successes she has on her own the brighter her light shines. She still has her days when she wants someone to be right there next to her, holding her hand, leading the way, but lately she has become more of a leader. This self-confidence is so precious to me. I know it will make a big impact on who she becomes and how she is able to handle the world around her. The pride in her eyes when she calls out to me to watch her climb a rock or balance across a log is absolutely priceless. She is learning that she is able to do great things on her own. She is a strong capable girl who can conquer whatever she puts her mind to.
Every day that we are out in nature is a gift. Every day that my girls can feel their worth not through worldly goods or their appearance is step in the right direction. The world will throw so much at them, it is my joy to help them gain as much confidence in their abilities as they can. It is this confidence that will allow them to not only take care of themselves but to have the brightest of futures.Love getting your little babes outside? Be sure to enter #MiniandMamaAdventure Contest that @NorthCountryLittles is co-hosting with @brookfield and @pearlsonastringblog, on Instagram. Winner gets an amazing prize pack, including a Chocolate Milke legging.