It is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world
Mandate: Connecting active mamas and papas, who love the outdoors, to share in experiences and meet like-minded parents forming friendships for both our little ones and us. Further, it is hoped this group can offer a platform for parents to meet and 'walk and talk' in the natural environment connecting on parenting issues and the like for the good of our physical (and mental health) :) and to help a future generation forge a invaluable relationship and appreciation for nature.
Beyond the original mandate (mountain mamas) I encourage all members of all families what ever size or shape yours comes in.
History: Originally I started this group in an attempt to hold onto a part of my very active pre-baby mountainous lifestyle. When my son (now a year) was 10 weeks old, I was out in Kananaskis and started walking Powder Face just to see.... 2 and 1/2 hours later we had almost made it to the summit and back and my son was so content, as was his Mama!! Since that day he and I have completed close to 20 different trails and summits in and around Calgary, many with other Mountain Mamas! Due to my personal circumstances at the time I believe that meeting and hiking with other Mountain Mamas helped me stave off a serious bout of post-partum depression. It encouraged me to continue to pursue an active lifestyle and now my son loves to be outdoors and is by favourite adventure buddy! I hope this group can offer the same to other members going forward.