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'Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids?'

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Good read here, though nothing that should shock anyone.

    Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids?

    I was a huge wuss growing up when it came to the outdoors - my mom's a wimp and my dad was wildly risk-averse. I'm trying to raise my kids to embrace it. It's not always easy. Mrs. Whitman claims to love "nature," but not at the expense of a soft bed or air conditioning. And all the kids in the family will sneak indoors to find a screen or device the second you take your off them. I'll keep trying, though. We spent the weekend on a lake and I probably spent a combined 10 minutes in the house. Even convinced some of the boys to sleep in the tent.
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  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Seems like plenty of people doing outdoor activities and sports to me. My parents used to be concerned about my brothers and I watching too much television. In 1965.
  3. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    I know every time I go outside on a nice day, I'm greeted by a massive, unholy clusterfuck of humanity.

    So, no.
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Conversely, there's been a spike in outdoors brands in the past few years. Part of it is due to a rise in festival camping. Bikepacking has seen growth. #Vanlife is one of the most popular tags on Insta.

    I think like most things now, the options are so diverse it is difficult capture just how many people are doing such a wide range of activities. Is hammocking counted?
  5. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Jim Gaffigan:

    My parents never took me camping.

    You know why?

    Because they loved me.
  6. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    "Camping is a tradition in my family."

    "Well, it was a tradition in everyone's family until we invented houses."
  7. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of my stock answer when people ask me about going to the beach: Sure, the beach is great except for the sun, sand, water and people.
  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  9. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I'm a big fan of tiki bars. Does that count?
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member


    I'm not going to pretend that I'm out there skinning an elk. But between inside and outside, I almost invariably choose outside. That includes something as simple as sitting on the porch swing or grilling up some dinner and eating on the back deck.
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  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Then put me down as an outdoorsman.
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  12. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    My son loves just rolling around in the grass. And, stomping in mud puddles.

    And, he especially loves when he can rope me into doing it with him.
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