Lately, I have been getting these questions a lot: What kinds of risks am I willing to take in the outdoors now that I am a mother? Has my approach to the mountains changed?
Risk is a complicated topic and one that can’t be covered in just one entry (hence “Part 1″), but I think it is important to discuss. Parenthood aside, how we evaluate and choose to take risks in the outdoors is already a rather heated, or at least passionate, debate. Add kids into the mix, and that heat turns to blazing inferno.
I haven’t yet been able to answer those questions, but I have given them a lot of thought. For this entry I’ll be referring to situations where parents go off and adventure on their own, not situations where they expose their children to risk.
To begin exploring this topic, I turned to a woman I previously interviewed for The Adventures in Parenthood Project because I knew she was in the midst of that delicate balancing act between being a mom and pursuing her outdoor passions. Caroline George is a mountain guide and the mother of 15-month-old Olivia. Though she was concerned about the impact motherhood would have on her outdoor pursuits, as her interview for EpicTV Women’s Weekly revealed, motherhood hasn’t changed her approach to the mountains. “If you’re really passionate about something, then you’re still gonna do it and it provides you with the balance that you need to be a good parent,” she explained.
Continue reading at The Adventures in Parenthood Project.