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Photo by Amy S. McCaffree.

When competing with iPhones and apps, nature may seem “boring”—but it doesn’t have to be that way. “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them ...

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Lessons Learned Camping with Friends and Their Kids

Photo of families camping together by Amy S. McCaffree.

  What happens when four families—including eight adults and 10 children ages 1-11—go camping together over Memorial Day weekend? Fun, adventure, and lessons learned. Here are fundamental ideas that helped our trip succeed.   Plan a trip with like-minded families. ...

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Falling in Love with a Pop-Up Tent Trailer

The McCaffrees loaded and ready to go. // Photo: Judd McCaffree

Big Agnes served her purpose well until last summer. My family’s orange and yellow 4-person Big Agnes tent was acquired early in our marriage, four years before our first child was born. Not only did she come with a cool ...

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Fresh Air Parenting

Photo of kids playing by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Fresh-Air Parenting, coined by outdoor writer Katie Arnold in a May 2015 “Outside Magazine” article, asserts that “Letting [children] embrace freedom involves a fair amount of hovering,” and lies along the spectrum between helicopter parenting and free-range parenting. Fresh-air parenting ...

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Easy Thrills: Tubing the Spokane River

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Parents like to feel in control, but you can’t control a river. Which is why I was a little nervous to take my young son, 6 years old at the time, tubing on the Spokane River last July.    The trip ...

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Summer Camping Smiles: Create the Ultimate Camping Experience for Your Kids

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Camping provides an immersive, hands-on educational experience for children. To optimize fun while ensuring comfort and leisure, try these tips on your next family camping adventure. Not All Campgrounds Are Created Equal Choose a campground with amenities that best suit ...

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Pedal to The Park: Explore Spokane’s Parks by Bike

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Hop on your bike and pedal your way to one of these local parks for some simple, no-cost recreational fun. To find the best biking route, go to Srtc.maps.arcgis.com and search for “Spokane Regional Bike Map” to access Spokane’s interactive ...

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Coaching Your Child’s Sport

Photo of Shallan Knowles and dad courtesy of Kathy Wilson.

Take a look around, and it’s pretty easy to find a parent coach. Whether it’s coaching soccer, softball, basketball, or football, it seems that many of us have put on that hat, either because we were drawn to it or ...

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Summer Camps Guide

Photo courtesy of Camp Spalding.

Summer is prime time for kids to romp in the woods, get dirty, climb trees, and take new risks. Around the region, there are summer camps devoted to helping children of all ages learn more about nature, camping, science, and ...

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6 Inland NW Fun Runs for Kids & Families

Spring Dash (April 23): This is a great race to kick off the running season and raise funds for United Way of North Idaho. The beautiful course passes through downtown Coeur D’Alene and starts and finishes at McEuen Park. Priest ...

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