S3:E31 Parenting Kids to Love the Outdoors

Parenting kids to love the outdoors is easier said than done. It requires intentionality, patience and flexibility. In this first-of-its-kind episode (for us), we invited several of our kids to ask them about our “outstanding” job of helping them develop a love for the outdoors. Joining us for this episode are Steve’s two boys, Ben and Luke, and Dave’s oldest, Christian. Steve has two other kids, and Dave has three others. This is a fun one, as the boys regale us for a hilarious episode on parenting kids to love the outdoors.

Listen now to “Parenting Kids to Love the Outdoors”

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What advice would you give to young parents who want to instill a love for the outdoors? We’d love to hear your funny stories of the patience it takes to parent kids in the outdoors!


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4 Replies to “S3:E31 Parenting Kids to Love the Outdoors”

  1. Loved this episode…your kids were fantastic. I have my first son on the way (just a few more weeks) and I’ve already been thinking about how to engage him in the outdoors. Thanks for this!

  2. Aside from your podcast about safety, this may have been one of the most important podcasts you have done and I loved every second of it. This is a topic I hold near and dear and recently had an article published about getting your kids involved in fishing. The stories told by your sons were funny and heartwarming and it is quite clear that despite any mistakes that may have been made, you both did it right; not only by exposing them to the outdoors but by also instilling in them a reverence for nature and the pursuit of her bounty. Your kids will never remember their best days playing video games or watching T.V. and your sons speak with a sense of pride about their time as young men with their dads. I started taking my daughter fishing when she was 2.5 years old and she’s got the fever for sure. In fact, she has lamented several times this winter that we haven’t fished recently and she wants to go to Bass Pro Shops after her brother is born.

    P.S. While short lived, Creed was Cool when they released My Own Prison.

  3. Great podcast. I listened on the way home from work, it made me feel really proud as a dad who also raised 3 boys in the outdoors. The stories were similar to my own. Great job guys. I wish you both continued success for the new year.

  4. Hey guys I wanted to share a tremendous piece of advice that I learned and used that helped both my adult children learn to love the outdoors: don’t overstay your kids’ or guests’ enjoyment level.
    If you’re a FF, you can probably fish the same hole for 2 hours. Most mortals can not. Try this: Leave a camping trip or fishing spot a little sooner than your kids’ want to so they are longing for that next trip fishing or camping with you. Better to have them excited about the “next one” instead of dreading having to go camping or fishing with dad.

    (Edit as your wish)
    Todd Gray
    Denton, TX

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