Top Outdoor Fun Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Outdoor Play

    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even more challenging. When the real temperature is well below zero it’s tempting to […]

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  • Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water

    Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water

    When your child declares that he is bored this summer, do what I did, and alert the residents of your home that “bored” (or any derivative thereof) is no longer a part of the English language.  Not only is the word banned in our home, but the feeling is not allowed, either.  What is allowed, […]

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  • The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    Being prepared is the first step to staying safe in the outdoors. Before venturing out on your trip, spend some time researching the potential hazards of terrain, weather, and wildlife that you might encounter, and pack items that will promote your safety and comfort.

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    Soothing a Sunburn

    What is the best thing to put on my child’s sunburn to help soothe it and promote healing?

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  • Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s Ear: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: External otitis; otitis externa Introduction to swimmer’s ear: Swimming can be a delight for children and for parents. Although water in the ear from swimming or bathing is not associated with most types of ear infections (even for children with tubes!), it can cause one kind of ear infection as well as exquisite […]

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  • Sunburn

    Sunburn: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Tanning, Radiation damage Introduction to sunburn: Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) that occurred in our youth. Similarly, adult cataracts can result from too much sun in the eyes during childhood.

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  • Sprains

    Sprains: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to sprains: Sprains, strains, and active play…“I sprained my knee,” or “I have an ankle strain.”Ankles and sprains often go together in people’s minds, but beyond that, the distinction between sprains and strains often seems fuzzy. What is sprains? Strains are injuries to muscles, or to the tendons that connect muscles to bones. Strains […]

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  • Ticks

    Ticks: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Arthropods Introduction to ticks: The possibility of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and other arboviruses, gives a sense of urgency to this topic. What are ticks? Ticks are a family of bloodsucking arachnids. They are related to mites, such as those that cause scabies, but are larger. They are […]

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  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

    Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to poison ivy, oak, and sumac: It’s Monday morning. You’ve had a wonderful weekend playing with your kids and your dog, romping through the woods. Now, as you lie in bed, you hear whimpering coming from the next room. A few minutes later, your son comes in to join you in bed, sporting red […]

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  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Borrelia burgdorferi Introduction to lyme disease: Even with our long history on this planet, new discoveries about microscopic neighbors continue to be made. In the 1970s, it was Legionnaire’s disease. In the 1980s, it was AIDS. In the 1990s, Hantavirus made the headlines. The story of Lyme disease is particularly interesting for two […]

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