Looking for outdoor family advice? Ask us!

We’re starting a new feature on the blog. We’re thinking of calling it… Ask Outsidemom. Think of it as a Dear Abby column for the outside-enthused parent… except that we promise not to discuss which way to put the toilet paper in the holder (over the top), or your mother-in-law.

The thing is, we get emails every once in awhile with questions from parents. Questions about naps, outdoor cooking, tents, packing for hikes, etc. We love knowing the kinds of things you’re wondering about, or how we can best aid in you getting your little ones outside more.  You guys can help us gear this blog to your specifications.  We want to encourage these questions, because (truth be told) they actually end up being some of our favorites!

If ever you have a question, please don’t hesitate to ask. No matter how odd (shoot–I’m probably asking for it with that statement). We may not personally know the answer, but we have ways of finding out, and will likely even solicit the help of our readers from time to time.

So bring ’em on!  We’re very much looking forward to more of your questions! Just email us via the envelope icon on the side bar or send your email directly to

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  1. Andree Walker

    I’ve got one…..
    Dear Outside Mom,
    My once fearless 2 year old is now “afraid” of things in nature. She told me the other day that she was afraid of the birds, she won’t go near our chickens, and I can’t get her to hold a bug or worm (she’ll watch, but not hold it). Her older sister is a bit timid, so I’m thinking there is some influence there, but I’d like for them to both be comfortable and not overreact to an ant or sparrow! We’ve been working on sitting quietly to watch birds and bugs, which she loves, but I’m wondering if you have any other wisdom to share?
    Not sure how to handle a scaredy-cat

    • Andree Walker

      Oh, oops, I was supposed to email that. Sorry!

    • Andree – Hahaa, I love it. Ok, this might be harder than I thought… No No, I can come up with something… oh yes… Thanks!!

      PS That’s ok that you posted it as a comment. It all goes to the same place anyway!

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