Thankful For Families & Raising Kids Outside

As we sit around our table’s today and talk about the things we are thankful for, one of the most important is family.

Lindsey Boxma, our newest KEEN Canada Ambassador is one mom who is very thankful for her children, and the fact that she gets to raise them outdoors.

Lindsey is the mother of two adorable kids, Jack (5 months) and Ellie (5 years). They live on an acreage just outside of Edson, Alberta (thankfully very close to the mountains). Lindsey’s husband, Jesse, works very hard for the family on an drilling rig, and Lindsey runs a yoga studio in town (uptownyoga.com). In their spare time they love to camp with their kids. To make sure they can maximize their time together, Lindsey makes sure to line up her days off with her husbands, then they pack up the camper and off they go! A recent transition for their family has been Ellie heading off to school. Lindsey claims they have officially become “weekend warriors”, making sure they get all of the adventure they need to when they can.

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We sat down with Lindsey to talk about her passion for the outdoors and how she is instilling that same passion in her children.

KEEN: What do you love most about being a mom?

Lindsey: Oh, that is a tough question! Because I truthfully love it all. They are a daily inspiration, helping me to become a better person. A constant reminder of love, patience, compassion and honesty.

KEEN: By looking at your pictures, it’s easy to see that you’re passionate about getting your kids outside. Why is this important to you?

Lindsey: It’s important to me because I want my children to appreciate the simple things in life; the sights, the smells, the sounds. Ultimately our goal is just to raise kind humans, and for us spending our time outdoors adds to that; creating more love, peace and mindfulness. One of my favourite quotes, by Marianne Williamson is- “There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than the transformation of the way we raise our children.”

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KEEN: What’s the most difficult part about managing a 5 month old and a 5 year old at the time while out on a hike?

Lindsey: Children are unpredictable and moods can constantly change! I try not to have any expectations of what our hikes are going to be like. I just make sure to pack lots of snacks, take breaks and make it fun! Once in a while if Ellie really doesn’t want to get out, I will print off an outdoor scavenger hunt checklist to do outside making it more exciting for her!

KEEN: What is your favourite part about getting your kids outdoors?

Lindsey: It has to be the endless amount of fun there is! We could be home for days, but never get bored; playing with the dogs, collecting bugs, biking, going for walks, the list goes on.

KEEN: What is your family’s favourite outdoor destination?

Lindsey: Honestly, anywhere near the mountains and water! We love to camp in areas that we’ve never been to, paddle different lakes and hike up to new viewpoints. For us, it’s important to explore what our country has to offer and luckily in Canada, adventure is endless!

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KEEN: What do you hope your children learn from being raised outdoors?

Lindsey: I really want them to value nature and respect our earth. I don’t want them to rely on materialistic things, but be able to find their happiness outside in the simplicity.

To keep up with¬†Lindsey and her family’s adventures, please give her a follow on Instagram at @ellinds