Balance screen time with green time

In today’s gadget-rich and time-pressured lifestyles, it is sometimes hard to make the effort to ensure our children have an upbringing that gets them outdoors and active. Similarly, parenting is increasingly becoming risk averse and challenge-free  – we spend too much time making it ‘easy’ for our children. Children also spend too long indoors and in front screens (of one sort or another).

Children need ‘managed’ exposure to age-appropriate challenges and risks… in the outdoors.

We seek to achieve this through family adventures and experiences designed, on the whole, to get us outside, adventuring and having fun… as a family. If we can do it, anyone can.

We hope that some of what we are sharing is of interest to like-minded parents.

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Latest talk – Night of Adventure 2014

Wednesday 26 March 2014, University of London, Russell Square

Other Talks:

24th April 2014 – Tales of Adventure, London

15th – 18th May 2014 – The Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick

18th – 25th May 2014 – The Wooller Outdoor, Wooler

13th – 15th June 2014 – The Perthshire Adventure Festival, Perth, Scotland

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How reading can stimulate adventure, and vice versa

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Five tips for a Swallows and Amazons adventure:

When Arthur Ransome wrote Swallows and Amazons back in 1929, children played outdoors and were much freer to explore their natural environment on their own. In today’s society of screens and health and safety this is a less common sight but one we should challenge and not accept. So, capture the spirit of Ransome’s story and reconnect your children back with an outdoor adventure. Read More

Ambassadors for Adventure, North Wales – latest video …

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Here are 100 family-friendly adventure ideas for parents with young children to try.

So, if you are looking for family adventure ideas, whatever the weather, then take a look at our 100 Adventure Ideas page.

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Book us to speak about Family Adventuring

Recently… February 2014, speaking at the Telegraph Outdoor Show

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We offer a fun and inspiring family talk aimed at promoting families to embark on simple, cheap but fun family adventures.

We have spoken at a range of adventure festivals, alongside well-known adventurers like Dave Cornthwaite, Alastair Humphreys, Phoebe Smith, Squash Falconer and many more.

For availability for events and other requests, please email Adrian.sington@dcdmedia.co.uk or Charlotte.ridge@dcdmedia.co.uk

If you would just like to say ‘Hi’, please send us a message through our Contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Future bookings:

24th April 2014 – Tales of Adventure, London

15th – 18th May 2014 – The Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick

18th – 25th May 2014 – The Wooler Outdoor, Wooler

13th – 15th June 2014 – The Perthshire Adventure Festival

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B.R.A.V.E parenting is an approach we use to try and encourage, support and consolidate our children’s development is several key areas. Each letter of B.R.A.V.E is associated with a quality or competence we value as parents; we feel mastery of these competences will result in secure, robust and confident children, able to not just cope with life, but thrive in it.

These five competences of the B.R.A.V.E approach to parenting are:

B is for Bold

R is for Robust

A is for Adventurous

V is for Virtuous

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Adventure is out there; you’ve just got to go and look for it! – Amy, aged 9