We love this great piece from our friends at The Outbound Collective on the importance (and, let’s face it, the beauty and awesomeness and fun) of getting kids out into the wild.

These days, our kids’ lives are overscheduled, filled with pressure, and can be pretty intense.

School, homework, sports and/or other extracurricular activities fill the week and often consumes many weekends as well. We all can feel like there is no time left to fit anything else in.

There has to be. Our younger kids and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents.

I would actually argue that it is more important than a lot of the scheduled activities we have them in now. Wilderness and adventure will help develop them into well-rounded young adults.

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1. Kids need the freedom to learn what life is like without a schedule.

There are so many books out there right now about the next generation and the lives they are living with the pressures that surround them and the belief that they cannot fail. Let them fail in some areas of their lives. The outdoors is a perfect place to learn to try new things…

Read the full story at www.theoutbound.com