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The mamas behind the scenes at Kids Who Explore, share weekly episodes covering all things exploring (with kids), from simple walks outside to camping in the backcountry. Expect interviews with explorers from all over the world and lots of takeaways for your own future adventures!

Instagram: @kidswhoexplore
Facebook: Kids Who Explore

Kids Who Explore Parent Edition Kids Who Explore

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

The mamas behind the scenes at Kids Who Explore, share weekly episodes covering all things exploring (with kids), from simple walks outside to camping in the backcountry. Expect interviews with explorers from all over the world and lots of takeaways for your own future adventures!

Instagram: @kidswhoexplore
Facebook: Kids Who Explore

    Ep. 51 Exploring the Ocean with Jase & Kate Kelly

    Ep. 51 Exploring the Ocean with Jase & Kate Kelly

    Isolation. The Kelly’s know isolation all too well, but unlike Covid-Isolation, they know it in the most beautiful way! The Australian family of four live on an ultra-remote island called Uepi, located in the Solomon Islands. Not only is their unique lifestyle one that’s of keen interest, they also have taught their children from only weeks of age how to enjoy and respect the ocean. Learn it all here! 


     


    Jase & Katie run an ethical tourist resort (attracting mostly SCUBA divers) and a grass-roots based charity, centred around protecting the incredible natural environment and traditional islander way of life. Jase, with a background in international business, and Katie, a clinical pharmacist, are a pair well-equipped to manage their alternative lifestyle and give back to the local community. Arlo (3.5 yrs) and Ophelia (2 yrs) have been the perfect addition to their island life, encouraging them to explore the ocean through new eyes. Jase and Katie are both keen free divers and especially love exploring untouched islands and reefs around their home island with the kids in tow. 


     


    How They’ve Taught Their Kids About the Ocean: 


    They submerged their kids in the ocean by 10-weeks-old 

    They don’t create a sense of fear, but instead educate them 

    They take the time to go in the water with their kids and talk through boundaries 

    They respect the creatures, including the sharks 

    They know which animals to be cautious of: stingers (jelly fish), tree snakes, centipedes (which are venomous)  

    They get them to connect with creatures – give human-like qualities to the animals in the water, or get them to look at smaller portions of the animal (a particular shape or design) 

    They start where they are comfortable, and allow them to choose what they want to do – they don’t push them too far 

    They play to their strengths and prepare them ahead of time 

    They demonstrate their own confidence to their children  


     


    More Advice on Getting Outside with Kids: 


    Keep it close to home 

    Don’t underestimate how much the outdoors can turn a situation around 


     


    On their island, they need to be self-reliant, as they don’t have a hospital on the island, so they would need to fly a helicopter in (extraordinary expense)…they have medicines and equipment to handle most situations. 


     


    Katie’s Personal Water Rules While Pregnant: 


    Spent more time in the water 

    Stopped free-diving to depth 

    No scuba diving (as advised by physician), because of the breath hold and not the same level of oxygen  


     


    A day in their life usually looks like 3 meals together, getting in the water with the kids, having an adventure with the kids, and working in between – check out their YouTube channel to see more! 


     


    Tips for Connection during Isolation: 


    Utilize Facetime 

    Reach out to friends and family 

    Don’t be afraid to talk about feelings! 


     


    Follow The Kelly’s at: 


    Website: https://www.theislandlifeofus.com 


    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheIslandLifeofUs 


    IG: @theislandlifeofus 


     


    Suggestions:  


    Podcast: Unruffled  


    YouTube: Sailing La Vagabonde  


     


     


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:
    https://kidswhoexplore.com/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ 


     


    Today’s Host: @adriannaadventures & @laurenrodycheberle from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music 

    • 51 min
    Ep. 50 Learning to Live in the Moment [& Animal Tracking] with Kady Lieber

    Ep. 50 Learning to Live in the Moment [& Animal Tracking] with Kady Lieber

    Kady Lieber’s life was turned upside down when she found out her little Ava, then 17-months-old, had stage 4 brain cancer. After a year of helping Ava fight for her life, Kady and her family made a goal to live every moment to its fullest! Today’s podcast shines light on how to live in the moment and how animal tracking and nature can bond an entire family!  



    Kady Lieber is a traveler, designer, and adventure seeker splitting her time between the USA and Switzerland (when she can travel). She is mama to 2 girls, Taylor 11, and Ava 7.  


     


    Animal Tracking/Animal Viewing/Animal Watching Starter Tips: 


    You can choose specific animals to track, or a wide range 

    This is a great activity for keeping distance from people, and for those with mobility issues  

    Starting with a guide can be super helpful (https://yellowstonewildlifeguidecompany.com) 

    You’re supposed to stay 25-100 yards away, depending on animal type 

    You can sometimes use spotting scopes for up to 2 miles away 

    Backyard birding is a wonderful way to start close to home 


     


    At 17-months-old, Kady’s daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. These were the signs her daughter was showing: 


    She was getting very grumpy  

    She wasn’t walking and was no long cruising across furniture 

    She was tilting her head in a certain “funny” way  


     


    They were sent for an MRI, which showed a tumor. They were then introduced to a Neuro-Oncologist. After surgery, when Ava was almost 2-years-old, she was like a newborn. Eventually she learned to walk, but lost most of her hearing. The aftermath of a brain tumor is pretty heartbreaking. Now, at the age of 7-years-old, she has the physical ability of a 3-year-old, and has the fine motor skills of a 2-year-old, despite being in therapy for 5 years.  


     


    Kady’s Advice: Live in the moment!! She was originally shocked by that advice from a doctor, but now thinks there are no better words of wisdom.   


     


    Book suggestions: 


    The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Pack by Rick McIntyre 





    Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World’s First National Park  


     


    Follow Kady on IG: @tavadventures 


     


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:
    https://kidswhoexplore.com/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ 


     


    Today’s Host: @laurenrodycheberle from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music 

    • 32 min
    Ep. 49 A New Year with KWE!

    Ep. 49 A New Year with KWE!

    Hello, 2022! Not only are we welcoming a new year, but we are celebrating a year of Kids Who Explore in the books!! It’s been so beautiful to watch Adrianna Skori’s (the Founder & CEO of KWE) vision on the trail turn into this community that inspires, supports, gives back, and genuinely cares for the humans behind the adventure photos.  


     


    KWE’s Why: 


    Get kids outside 

    Connect kids to nature and their family  

    Watch children benefit from being immersed in nature  

    See nature heal trauma and challenges  


     


    We want nature to help raise our children! 


     


    KWE’s What: 


    Offer tips, tricks, and education to help families 

    Provide evergreen content that people can refer back to 

    Offer meet ups for families to adventure together  


     


    In the next year, keep your eye out for: 


    Website (www.kidswhoexplore.com) – affiliations, discounts, blog, our shop, and events 

    Events – events are usually virtual to reach a global community, and the sign up is FREE! 

    Explorer Families – see 188 families from around the world represent KWE 

    Instagram (@kidswhoexplore) – themed months, Sunday giveaways, Thursday tips, and so many laughs, inspiration, and tips! 

    Podcast – new episode every Tuesday! Please leave a review and help more people learn about us 

    Gear/patch4apurpose – Your support helps us continue to run KWE, as well as give back to other charities [our store is supported by 3G Embroidery in Okotoks, AB, Canada] 

    So much more we are dreaming up! 


    Thank you to everyone who has make this year possible! More love to come.  


     


    Find KWE: 


    www.kidswhoexplore.com 


    IG: @kidswhoexplore 


    As well as @kidswhoexplorecanada, @kidswhoexploreusa, @kidswhoexploreeurope, @kidswhoexplorecentralamerica, @kidswhoexploreafrica, @kidswhoexploresouthamerica, @kidswhoexploreaustralia, @kidswhoexploreasia 


     


    Find Adrianna, CEO: 


    IG: @adriannaadventures 


     


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:
    https://kidswhoexplore.com/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ 


     


    Today’s Host: @laurenrodycheberle & @adriannaadventures from @kidswhoexplore 


    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 29 min
    Ep. 48 Get Outside & Create That Yes Zone

    Ep. 48 Get Outside & Create That Yes Zone

    We end 2021 with a simple message…get outside! We know, it can be hard…there will be lots of things standing in your way. But, it will be oh-so-worth-it! The outdoors are calling your childrens' names, and yours! 


     


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:
    https://kidswhoexplore.com/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ 


    Today’s Host: @laurenrodycheberle from @kidswhoexplore 


    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 5 min
    Ep. 47 How to Enjoy a Road Trip with Tara Sliwkanich

    Ep. 47 How to Enjoy a Road Trip with Tara Sliwkanich

    How does taking a 16-day road trip with a baby sound to you? Tara Sliwkanich makes it sound like a whole lot of fun, mixed with hiking, biking, tenting, and of course, nursery rhymes on repeat!! Learn from one of KWE’s Explorer Families about how to make road tripping very do-able, and fun for the whole family!  


     


    Tara Sliwkanich, along with her spouse, Dustin, and their baby explorer, J, who will be 15-months soon, love to explore the trails, slopes, and the water around Alberta, especially around Edmonton, where they live. They love to hike, bike, stand-up paddle board, kayak, camp, downhill ski and cross-country ski as a family. Living in Edmonton means that they are 4 hours away from the mountains, so they have always loved road tripping, notably road tripping down the Oregon and California coasts in a rooftop tent for their honeymoon! Now, they are making their road trips more exciting with little J in tow!  


     


    Small adventures are big adventures for babies; Tara loves taking baby J along on any outdoor time.  


     


    Where Tara Road Tripped for 16 days near Alberta: 


    Edmonton 

    Jasper 

    Penticton 

    Christina Lake 

    Fernie 


     


    Tips for Planning a Road Trip: 


    Make a skeleton plan, and then wing the rest  

    Book as you go, so you can adjust as needed; allows flexibility to stay longer in certain areas if you’re having a great time! 

    Trip pattern was - beach day, bike day, hike day  

    Pack as much as you can the night before leaving 

    When packing up camp site, pack while baby is “contained” in a seat or carrier 

    Each day, plan ‘who is going to do what’ the following day, and what you’re going to make for meals 


     


    Tips for the Car: 


    Time limit in car before breaks for baby is about 2-3 hours (or earlier, if baby wakes and needs a stretch!) 

    When baby is awake, someone riding in the back with them is very handy 

    Manage your expectations for the drive - take it in bits, do what you can, and sing all the songs!! 

    Again, pack as much as you can in the car the night before  


     


    Tips for Tenting: 


    Do a trial run of tenting with baby at home 

    Recommends: KidCo PeaPod Travel Bed - https://www.kidco.com/product/peapod/ (Can also find at West Coast Kids, or possibly secondhand on Facebook Marketplace) 


     


    Tips for Biking: 


    Recommends: Thule Chariot Sport 2, with infant sling (attaches to adult bike) - https://www.thule.com/en-pf/strollers/double-jogging-strollers/thule-chariot-sport-2-_-10201023 & https://www.thule.com/en-pf/bike-trailer-accessories/thule-infant-sling-_-20101000 

    Babies must wear a helmet (even in chariot and sling), so baby should be over 1-year-old, have strong neck strength, and be able to sit up unassisted 

    Again, practice close to home! 

    Biking App: Trailforks - https://www.trailforks.com/apps/map/ 


     


    Tips for Hiking: 


    Choose not too challenging of hikes with big pay offs, like ones with amazing views 

    Hiking App: AllTrails - https://www.alltrails.com/mobile 


     


    Tips for Food While Travelling: 


    Pre-plan meals, so you can have some groceries ready 

    Make what food you can ahead of time 

    Some food ideas they had for baby J: Iron-rich muffins, bread or wraps with hummus, tofu with spices, kiwi, bananas, berries, and nursing (mama’s milk!) 


     


    Tara is on KWE’s Inclusion Committee. She continually tries to learn from the lived experiences of BIPOC and LBGTQ+ communities in the outdoors. She encourages others to learn how to act in allyship when they are in the outdoors, so that it can be a safe space for all who are out exploring. Let’s use our privilege to break down barriers and welcome more people into the outdoors! 


     


    Suggestions: 


    iLids – lids that fit on mason jars, to turn them into cups with straws or for storage (BPA-free) - https://www.intelligentlids.com 

    Book: Braiding Sweetgrass [Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teach

    • 32 min
    Ep. 46 Potty Training in the Outdoors with Jamie Glowacki

    Ep. 46 Potty Training in the Outdoors with Jamie Glowacki

    When your kiddos say goodbye to diapers, adventures look a whole lot different. Easier or harder? You decide! But there may be a period of time where you’re adventuring with a toilet in tow, until they master the outdoor squat. Don’t worry – you can still get outside, even in the learning-phase. We have expert Jamie Glowacki on today’s podcast, to talk all things toddlers and poop!  


     


    Jamie Glowacki is an internationally recognized potty training and parenting expert. She is the author of both Oh Crap Potty Training and Oh Crap I Have a Toddler.  


     


    When to Start Potty Training: 


    “Wait until they are ready” is the biggest myth (tune in to learn why) 

    20 to 30 months is prime age, if not earlier  

    After 30 months, children get individuation, making the process much harder 

    Remember that using a toilet is socialized behaviour  


     


    How Much Time Is Needed to Stay Home to Focus on Learning the Toilet (and how can you also get outside): 


    Devote at least 4 days to staying home 

    Jamie’s book is in blocks of learning, instead of specific time frames, as each child will progress differently 

    In desperate times, throw a diaper on for a hike or car ride if you need, just don’t get too dependent on it, but STILL go outside 

    The outdoors and actions such as throwing, help release the pelvic floor, so it will actually help kids who are withholding, to release 

    Hike and adventure with a potty chair 

    Don’t forget to have your kids wear two-piece everything! 


     


    Tip: A post-it note, or wet toilet paper, over automatic-flush sensors will stop toilet from automatically flushing when a little one is sitting on it 


     


    Follow Jamie at: 


    IG: @jamie.glowacki 


    Website: https://www.jamieglowacki.com/homepage 


     


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:
    https://kidswhoexplore.com/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ 


     


    Today’s Host: @laurenrodycheberle from @kidswhoexplore 


    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

AnnikaMang ,

Such a great podcast!

Kids who explore is such a great podcast. I love that the speakers are knowledgeable and share information that will help me get outside more with my family. The hosts are awesome and engaging too!

rrocskar ,

If you have any hesitations about the outdoors, this is a must!

Highly recommend listening to this if you are a parent or caregiver. Great resources and tips!

Jordddddd1277 ,

Good

Good info! But the sound is so quiet! I have to turn it up so loud in the car. Then when it ends and another podcast starts it’s so loud and could wake up baby in the car.

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