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Author:Eugene Buchanan
Publisher:Fox Chapel/Heliconia Press, Jul 2012
Item #:108269

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An informative & entertaining look at biking, jogging, camping, swimming, paddling, snow sports, hiking, fishing, climbing & more. Filled with hilarious anecdotes that make this how-to book seem more like humorous memoir. Eugene gives great advice for planning recreational activities, encourages families to expand their adventure repertoire, & keeps readers laughing from beginning to end. 9x7 inches, 296 pgs.

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Here, award winning author Eugene Buchanan extends parents a helping hand in getting their kids outside and instilling in them a respect for their health and the environment. The game is on to get today's kids off video games and into the great outdoors. Parents who refuse to let their children become an obesity statistic and who understand the fate of the environment know the answer rests with connecting kids with the great outdoors.

This book shines a much-needed spotlight on how parents can accomplish this and much more...This is a practical guide for parents, teachers, psychologists, youth team leaders and sports coaches. The Heliconia Press is the award-winning publisher of paddlesport books and DVDs, founded in Canada in 1995 by the family of World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting. The company specialises in outdoor survival, watersports and extreme fishing.


Packed with practical advice, but also humor?Buchanan isn?t the smug expert who makes you feel like an idiot, but a friend who?s been there.

(Brad Wieners, Editor Men's Journal )

In a book loaded with practical advice and hilarious anecdotes, Buchanan never loses track of the best reason for kids and parents to play together outside: Because it is fun.

(Jeff Moag Canoe and Kayak Magazine )

Buchanan's book is rife with useful ? and hilarious ? hints at nurturing the outdoor spirit in your kids, but it all revolves around a blessed principle: Practice what you preach.

(The Denver Post )

?If you?re hoping to pass on the thrill of outdoor fun to your kids, read this book. Buchanan?s rich?and frequently hilarious?experiences offer essential advice to any adventure-loving parent.?

(Christopher Keyes Outside Magazine )

I have fond memories of childhood. I lived in a subdivision in a small town that was surrounded by undeveloped land. When we were not in school, the neighborhood kids played outside until we were called home for dinner. More often than not, we were blazing trails through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding bicycles on grand adventures. My own children are growing up in a much more urban area. Although my children are blessed with a large yard and plenty of neighborhood buddies, they do not have the same opportunities to interact with nature that I had at their age. As a parent, I look for opportunities for my children to explore the great outdoors.
I admit that I have grown soft when it comes to outdoor pursuits. I run for exercise, but I?m certainly not an outdoorsman. This summer, I paid for my daughter to have a week at nature camp so she could enjoy some of the childhood experiences that I remember so fondly, but I have room for improvement when it comes to spending time with my children outdoors. In his new book, Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids, author Eugene Buchanan encourages parents to be more active with their children. As most of us are aware, we have a growing problem with obesity in the United States. According to Buchanan, 13% of our children are obese, and kids spend an aver of 44 hours a week in front of TVs, computers, and video games.
While he doesn?t claim to be the Dr. Ruth of Recreation, Buchanan has spent many hours with his family camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and rafting. He believes that these activities positively impact everyone by bringing families together and making them healthier. He admits that recreating with kids can be quite challenging: there will be moments times of crying, anger, and frustration. But good times far outweigh the bad, and his family cherishes the times they spend together outdoors.

Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids
reaches a wide audience. I admit that my outdoor skills are a bit rusty, and I appreciated the chapters dealing with more benign activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. For those families ready to tackle greater adventures, Buchanan shares information about snorkeling, climbing, backpacking, and surfing. Each chapter includes basic information about specific sports, but the most helpful information tells how to engage in these activities as a family. By sharing his own successes and failures, describing specific equipment designed for families, and suggesting locations and itineraries, Buchanan makes conquering recreational activities with children seem manageable and exciting.

Buchanan?s greatest asset is his experience, but the most enjoyable aspect of Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids is Buchanan?s humor. Our family has a lot to learn and much room for improvement, but the suggestions found in Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids give us the information we need to get moving. As Buchanan states, the way to get kids involved in the outdoors is to take them there. When we as parents turn off the televisions, computers, and phones, we can encourage our children to do the same. By spending time together in nature, our families and our health will be stronger because of it.
(5 Minutes for ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author:

A former reporter for the Denver Business Journal and 14-year editor-in-chief of Paddler magazine, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 25 years, from covering the X Games for to working for NBC at the Beijing Olympics. With freelance articles published in the New York Times, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Sports Afield, Outside, Forbes Life and other publications, his passion for traveling and writing has taken him to more than 30 countries on six continents. A Fellow member of the Explorer's Club and contributor to Men's Journal's The Great Life anthology, he spearheaded the Outdoor Industry Association's book, Brothers on the Bashkaus, was released by Fulcrum Publishing in 2007.
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