I grew up in New York City on the 26th floor of an apartment building, so it probably isn’t too surprising that I am happiest indoors. But I don’t wish this for my daughters. I don’t want them to inherit my bug phobias, my outdoor anxiety and my fear of going a day without a shower. It helps that I have a happiest-in-the-outdoors husband, but to get my girls to love the outdoors, I have learned that I need to play a role, too.
We tend to associate outdoor play with boys, which can lead our girls towards all sorts of confidence and leadership weaknesses. Unfortunately, in my family where Dad loves the outdoors and Mom does not, we fit that stereotype and need to work extra hard to break it.
Here are 12 ways we have found to get our girls comfortable, confident, and happy in the outdoors.
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