If the amount of time you are spending getting your kids ready to head outside to play is longer than the time you actually play outside… you might be a parent in winter. We have been there, and after conquering winter in several zones of the US with our four little ones, we have several snow-tested tips and tricks to cut down on the tears and increase your time actually having outdoor winter fun!Read more
The FivePax house is a house of book lovers. I was a teacher and later worked for an early-literacy non-profit. So naturally, our kids had an impressive home library before they were born. This is not a casual interest, friends. I am a certified ‘kid’s book nerd’! Thankfully, our kids have also fallen in love with books and adventures that come through reading. Check out their absolute favorites, all listed here!Read more
If you plan to spend a lot of time on the trails, arguably the single most important piece of equipment you can own is appropriate footwear. A lot has been written about how to choose the best hiking boots, and there is even a recent heated debate in the hiking community about whether hiking boots are even the best tool for the job, but factors that go into hiking footwear decisions for children varies wildly from those for adults. This guide aims to help simplify the options and identify the best hiking boots or shoes for kids.Read more
There are endless toys and games for toddlers out there. We have rounded up the BEST gadgets and gear for toddlers who love camping, hiking and exploring outside. This parent and toddler-approved holiday wish list will keep everyone safe and smiling in your adventures.
Happy Holidays!Read more
As we began our homeschool year and combing through curriculum after curriculum for toddlers and preschoolers I was simultaneously overwhelmed and unimpressed. The websites and books I found either required an expensive list of materials, hours of adult preparation time, or assistance of technology, sometimes all three. All of the things I was trying to avoid. Toddlers learn through play and the simpler, the better! Have you ever given your toddler a cardboard box? They don’t need expensive learning gadgets!
These ideas pulled from my years working in early education and largely inspired by our own kids’ interests and ideas are minimal set-up, inexpensive, and tech-free.Read more
If your back-to-school plans include a shake-up of routine and getting back to a new normal, you are not alone. We aren’t fully back with new waves of the pandemic, but there seems to be a buzz and desire for something resembling normal and at least a fresh routine.
A theme among our friends has been the desire to cut back on screen time in the new normal. If you have followed our family over on @fivepax social media for a while you know, we are all about that screen-free life. Our kids watch cartoons on weekend mornings while we prep for adventures. And on a rare afternoon when the parents need to get some work done. We have had a million things in our favor (kiddo with screen anxiety to start) but we have also made a lot of intentional decisions.
But let’s be real, it’s hard. Here are 5 strategies to help your family cut back on screen time that doesn’t feel like a dreaded punishment for everyone or anyone. These tips will leave you feeling confident on how to limit screen time for kids and setting everyone up for a successful school year.Read more
Schools out for summer! Around here that means time to get busy planning summer adventures. And as we dig out our gear and take inventory, there are a few things we need and a few things we want but have been waiting to buy when they go on sale! Well, folks, we are in the final hours of the REI anniversary sale!
I have spent an embarrassing amount of time combing through the entire REI website for the best deals and realized I should share the results of my late-night research. This way I can call it ‘work’ and I won’t feel guilty about how much it blew up my screen time this week.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive list for car camping with kids or backpacking we have those as well as a post on the best gifts for dad this father’s day!
Getting down to business, here are our top deals in the REI Co-Op Anniversary Sale!Read more