How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice. Rain or Shine Mamma.

In Scandinavia, where I was born and raised, the summer solstice, or Midsummer as it's commonly called over there, is on par with Christmas as far as holidays go. Summer solstice celebrations can be traced back to pre-Christian times and mark the … [Click to read the full article]

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When Nature Is Off-Limits – Thoughts on My Run-in with the Law at a Nature Preserve

When Nature Is Off-Limits. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Last week I wrote about being fined for letting my kids play in a creek at a nature preserve managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The post set off a firestorm of comments, shares, and discussions about children's access to nature … [Click to read the full article]

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The Dirty Secrets of an Outdoor Mom

The Dirty Secrets of an Outdoor Mom. Rain or Shine Mamma.

A while back I was sitting around talking to some other women, when one of them referred to me as "Super Mom over there." I don't remember what the context was, but I know that she sometimes reads the blog and probably meant it as a compliment. Maybe … [Click to read the full article]

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My Best Tips for Taking the Kids to the Park + Giveaway!

Tips for Taking Kids to the Park. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Where we live, corn and soybean fields abound, while woods and other wilderness areas are harder to come by. But, we only have to drive for half an hour or 45 minutes to get to a number of state and county parks, which we often do on the weekends. … [Click to read the full article]

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Three Ways Kids Can Help Butterflies (Outdoor Play Party)

Three Ways Kids Can Help Butterflies. Rain or Shine Mamma

Butterflies have an amazing way of capturing children's imagination. Why not tap into that innate curiosity to encourage a nature connection? These butterfly activities for kids benefit critters and child alike! Raise your own … [Click to read the full article]

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How to Raise a Wild Child – Book Giveaway!

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Nature is good for kids - that much we know. But what can we do as adults to help children fall in love with nature and get them back outdoors? Dr. Scott D. Sampson is on a mission to answer that question in his new book How to Raise a Wild Child: … [Click to read the full article]

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The Top 5 Reasons to Garden with Kids (Even If You Have a Black Thumb)

Top 5 Reasons to Garden with Kids. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Gardening is a fun outdoor activity for kids and you don't have to be an expert to enjoy the benefits of it! When I think about my mother, images of her with a shovel in her hand and dirt under her fingernails usually come to mind. For as long … [Click to read the full article]

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Learning With Nature: Where Does Our Trash Go?

Learning with Nature: Where Does Our Trash Go? Rain or Shine Mamma

April is Earth Month, which is a good reason to talk to our children about conserving our planet's resources and living sustainably. This simple science experiment will help introduce the concept of biodegration in a fun and hands-on way! I think … [Click to read the full article]

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How to Create a Kid-Friendly Backyard

How to Create a Kid-Friendly Backyard. Rain or Shine Mamma

I love tinkering in the yard and I love spending time outdoors with my kids, so to combine my two passions I’ve thought a lot about how to create a kid-friendly backyard – one that my girls will enjoy just as much as I do. A child-friendly backyard … [Click to read the full article]

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Outdoor Play Ideas and Tips for Rainy Days

Outdoor Play Ideas and Tips for Rainy Days. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Rainy day activities for kids are often equaled to indoor activities, but there's no reason why kids can't play outside when it rains. (Getting wet may make them cold, but it won't make them sick - this is just a myth.) The benefits of playing … [Click to read the full article]

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