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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
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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

    Ep. 45 Avalanche Safety with Russell Bruder

    Ep. 45 Avalanche Safety with Russell Bruder

    If you take nothing else away from this episode when it comes to avalanche safety, please remember this: avoid, avoid, avoid! The best thing you can do to protect yourself from an avalanche is to avoid it! That being said, there is so much more to know. That’s why Russell Bruder is on the podcast today – let’s learn about avalanche safety! 


    Russell Bruder was born and raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta. His bio is quite extensive, but today we are focusing on his role as a snowmobile, ATV, and UTV Safety Instructor. He is an expert in everything from winter survival, to ATV & Snowmobile Operations, to first aid, CPR, GPS/map/and compass navigation, and Avalanche safety. He has 23 years experience with Pincher Creek search and rescue, and 30+ years of snowmobile and ATV experience. 


    Know Where Avalanches Are: 

    For Canadians, check Avalanche Canada, and look at the forecast zones. Always submit information if you know it, to help protect others. Ie. if you see natural slides, or were in waist deep snow, report that.  



    Get Certified: 

    Book AST Level 1 or 2 

    Contact an avalanche safety trainer 

    Take a trainer course (instructor level) 

    Link for Albertans: https://www.safetycouncil.ab.ca 


    Things You’ll Want to Know/Learn: 

    How to recognize avalanche terrain 

    How to use a beacon 

    What to do with a probe 

    How to shovel to rescue someone caught in an avalanche 


    If You Witness Someone Caught in an Avalanche: 

    Watch where the person went down, so you know WHERE to search 

    Look out for other avalanches 

    Reminder: Get educated, so you can jump into action when you need to 


    Each area has their own avalanche forecast. Ski hills do safety assessments before they open each day.  


    The Sad Statistics: 

    If someone gets stuck in an avalanche (90% of the people triggered the avalanche) and you do not have time to go get help 

    You’ll need to companion rescue someone from your group 

    The first 15 minutes, chance of survival goes down by 50%. By 45 minutes, 25%. By 1 hour in, 10% chance of survival 

    A lot of the people who die in avalanches have beacons, shovels, probes, air bags…half the people who die in avalanches, die from trauma. If you get piled under 15 metres of snow, people cannot get to you before your brain starves of oxygen 


    Talking to Kids About Winter Safety: 

    When they are young, talk to them about how to dress in winter, animal safety, fire safety, and snow! 

    Lead by example and prepare for safety, plus don’t put yourself in harms-way 

    Point out what to notice, such as pinwheel snow showing signs of instability 


    Winter safety: If you’re a motor sports enthusiast, you can go farther on an snowmobile in 15 minutes than you could walk in 8 hours. You could go farther in an hour than you could walk in a day. So, from a risk standpoint, ask yourself how quickly someone could get to you if you were in trouble. You may need to be prepared to keep yourself and your family safe overnight, if they couldn’t get a helicopter in! 


    Some Other Reminders: 

    Be prepared!!!  

    Watch for hypothermia 

    Speak up and listen to your gut if it doesn’t feel safe or comfortable 



    Life Proof Phone Case: https://www.lifeproof.com 

    Mitywah Phone Case: https://www.imitywah.com 

    Podcast: Huberman Lab https://hubermanlab.com 


    Thank you to Headster for supporting today’s episode. Check out https://headsterkids.com for all the awesome style they have to offer! 


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

    • 33 min
    Ep. 44 Winter Bucket List

    Ep. 44 Winter Bucket List

    At Kids Who Explore, we are list people! There’s no pressure to check every item off, but we love the ability to create traditions, simplify or go big (depending what suits your family), and share a love for the winter season! 


    Snow Activities 

    Play in the snow 

    Build a snowman 

    Make snow angels 

    “Paint” the snow 




    Strap on “skis” for toddlers in the backyard 


    Cross-country ski (with chariot option, too) 


    Seasonal Activities 

    Ice sculptures 

    Winter festivals 

    See Christmas lights 

    Eat seasonal foods 


    Seasonal Crafts 

    Finger paint 

    Handprint ornaments  


    Create a Tradition  

    Annual trip 

    Getting a real tree 

    Christmas in July (serving as sibling gifts!) 


    Tip: Pack a sled for everything…skating, skiing, hiking…you won’t regret it! 


    Toddler Skis mentioned in episode: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5044-087/Ski-Set?org_text=komperdell%20ski%20set%20 



    Thank you to Sawyer for sponsoring today’s podcast! https://besawyer.com 


    Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle and @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 19 min
    Ep. 43 Bathroom Breaks in the Outdoors [and While Camping]

    Ep. 43 Bathroom Breaks in the Outdoors [and While Camping]

    “But, what if you need to go to the bathroom?” Where and how to go #1 and #2 in the outdoors, whether adventuring, or camping, can be a huge sense of anxiety for people. So, whether it’s simply squatting in the bush, or bringing a portable potty, we are here to share all the ways we’ve created toilets in the outdoors! 


    Portable Toilet Suggestions: 

    Go Girl: https://go-girl.com 

    Shewee: https://www.shewee.com 

    Luggable Loo: https://www.rei.com/product/876179/reliance-luggable-loo-portable-toilet 

    Lauren’s Awoken Unisex Urinal for Car: https://tinyurl.com/nj2swhke 


    Portable Toilets are great solutions for when you’re in busy areas, or you don’t want to be away from your child - you can use some in a car, in a tent, or hugged up against a tree. 


    If you choose to squat and leave nature in nature, remember to leave no trace – and carry out any toilet paper you may use. (www.leavenotrace.ca) 


    When Camping: 

    use head lamp, and have bear spray 

    bring mason jar, bucket, toddler training seat, or portable potty 

    dig cat hole: rule is that it must be dug 200 feet away from water sources, walking trails, and camp sites (or carry out poop, like you would carry out dog poop)  


    For toddlers who are new to learning how to squat, you can support the toddler’s legs behind their knees, to help them form a squat.  



    Thank you to Scat Belt for sponsoring today’s podcast! Get your Scat Belt today to always have your bear spray accessible at www.scatbelt.com and on IG: @scatbelt  


    Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle and @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 12 min
    Ep. 42 Why to Avoid Kid-Centered Activities with Michaeleen Doucleff

    Ep. 42 Why to Avoid Kid-Centered Activities with Michaeleen Doucleff

    What if the secrets to parenting aren’t secrets at all? What if everything you need to know to raise intrinsically-motivated, helpful, kind, and generous humans can all be learned from the Maya in Yucatan, the Inuit in the Arctic circle, and the Hadzabe in Tanzania? We dive into this topic with Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, but after this episode, we think you’ll want to dive even deeper! 


    Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD is author of New York Times Bestseller, Hunt Gather Parent. This is the parenting book of all parenting books, where Doucleff shares what she learned about parenting after visiting three continents with her 3-year-old daughter. You can also find her over at NPR, where she uses her expertise to cover a wide range of topics, all with science and health in mind. She currently lives in Alpine, Texas with her family.  


    Doucleff says her book isn’t just about parenting, it is also about how we treat other people, and how to relate to children in a different way than we do in Western culture.  


    Children Go With: 

    In these places, it is normal for children to go with adults; children are integrated into the adult world 

    Bringing children into your work world gets them to connect with you and learn! A lot of struggle American parents have is because kids aren’t used to working together with their parents/family unit 


    Why/How to Avoid Kid-Centred Activities: 

    The vast majority of cultures don’t have kid-centred activities, because they don’t think kids need specific activities (In these cultures, usually kid “toys” are related to work) 

    After kid-centred activities, kid behaviour can be very poor 

    Allow sports and activities to be child-driven, meaning let them choose, and hopefully make it family-centred in some way, or allow it to foster independence 

    Kids who aren’t over-scheduled are found to take more initiative in chores and homework  

    Extra activities are, and should be seen as, privileges  


    T.E.A.M. Acronym (works best outside!!): 

    Together (with someone older, who loves them) 

    Encourage (versus force) 

    Autonomy (allow kids to make decisions, but still expect them to help, be kind, and generous) 

    Minimal Interference  


    The TEAM Acronym is extraordinary for kids physical and mental health.  


    How/Why to Avoid Bribery & Chore Charts: 

    Bribery and chore charts don’t support kids in becoming intrinsically-motivated to help the family 

    In cultures outside America, when kids are young, they don’t “shoo” the little ones away when they try to help (check out Hunt, Gather, Parent for the other two secrets to this!) 

    Allow kids to be with you and help you, and start them with a tiny, but still meaningful task  


    Follow Michaeleen at: 

    Twitter: @FoodieScience 

    Contact her via email  


    Book Recommendation: 

    Hunt Gather Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff 

    Self-Driven Child by Ned Johnson 


    Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities:


    Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle and @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 43 min
    Ep. 41 Holistic First Aid Kits with Katie Braswell

    Ep. 41 Holistic First Aid Kits with Katie Braswell

    What’s in your first aid kit? Most importantly, do you have a first aid kit? Katie Braswell is here to get us thinking not only about all the things that should be in a first aid kit, but also all the ingredients we DON’T want in a first aid kit. Get ready to revamp your adventure pack! 


    Katie Braswell, of Wild + Well, is a Holistic Nutritionist, based in Boulder, Colorado. Katie’s specific areas of interest are preconception health, fertility, prenatal nutrition and supplementation, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding and postpartum care (focusing on nurturing mama and baby). She specializes in functional nutrition for families – especially the mama or mama-to-be who is looking to maximize their time adventuring with their little ones! She and her family love to adventure and are passionate about spending as much time as possible outdoors and in nature – so she has worked to master the perfect holistic, non-toxic first aid & adventure kit.  


    Don’t feel guilty about what you’ve used in the past, or what you have on hand now. You can start changing over your first aid kit by integrating one item at a time (or even as your items are used up!). 


    Some chemicals we want to avoid (hard on our hormones / endocrine disruptors): 






    Here is the link to help you build your non-toxic first aid kit: 



    Some Quick Tips: 

    Band-Aids: Aim for band-aids without latex and petroleum (Welly is a good brand) 

    Sunscreen: Try cover up and use SPF-clothing more than not (stay away from oxybenzone in sunscreen. Katie is a fan of these brands for sunscreen: Beauty Counter, Supergoop, and Badger) 

    For Burns & Stings: Calendula Cream, Aloe Vera Gel, Arnica Cream or Gel; Manuka Honey for Healing 

    For Bug Bites & Headaches: Lavender 

    For Anything Poisonous: Tea Tree Oil 

    For Cuts, Scrapes & Wind Burn: Witch Hazel, Homemade Neosporin, Good Goo brand 

    For Coughs: Zarbees brand 

    Probiotic Brands: Mary Ruth’s, Thrive, Seed 

    Electrolyte Brands: Element, Altima 

    For Nausea: Chewable Ginger or Peppermint 

    For Blisters: Mole Skin 

    Some other items to remember: Cold packs, Scissors, Tweezers 


    *Carry Coconut Oil or Jajoba Oil as a carrier oil, for essential oils* 

    * Lavender and Tea Tree Oil can be a little bit of a natural hormone disruptor, if persistent exposure.* 


    Link to EWG Guide, to check “clean rating” for products: 



    Where to find Katie: 

    Website: https://www.livewildbewell.com 

    IG: @livewildbewell 

    Other Social: Live Wild Be Well 


    Thank you L-Bow Mittens for supporting today’s podcast! Find them on IG: @lbowgear or at www.lbow.com 


    Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle and @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.  

    • 29 min
    Ep. 40 Grounding in All Seasons with Dr. Laura Koniver

    Ep. 40 Grounding in All Seasons with Dr. Laura Koniver

    “When I talk about grounding, I’m talking about physically touching the earth. Head to toe, you are conductive, [and] the earth has an actual heartbeat.” Those are the words of Dr. Laura Koniver, who is a true expert on grounding/earthing. If you haven’t heard of this before, don’t miss out! It will quite literally, change your life! 


    Laura Koniver, M.D. is also known as the Intuition Physician. She says that she loves approaching health and well-being from every angle and offering the most helpful solution to her patients. She started studying and practicing medicine, and then, when her first daughter was born, she listened to her mama heart and paved her own unique path. Since then, she has grown her family, but you can also find her speaking as an expert on grounding, running online health classes, making art, writing books, designing grounding tools, and of course, grounding herself!  


    Some of the MANY Benefits of Grounding: 

    Your brain waves go into a healing pattern 

    Your muscle tension drops 

    It heals inflammation in the body 

    Your sleep patterns change, for the better 

    It supports vagal tones 

    It calms the nervous system  

    It improves lungs, the heart, and so much more!! 

    A study showed it helps babies in the NICU bio-regulate their temperature (Wow!!! How does everyone not know about this?!) 


    Ways to Ground for Those with Mobility Issues, or In Severe Weather: 

    Indoor grounding options (refer to Dr. Koniver’s website) 

    Ground through the hands (touch a tree in the ground, or a metal pole in the ground, or parts of the earth, like a rock) 

    Touch someone else who is grounded 


    Dr. Koniver suggests that we recharge our bodies! Don’t fall into the rut of taking better care of your electronics, than you do your body.  


    To Keep Safe from Ticks While Grounding: 

    Refer to episode 20, Tick Safety with 3 Moms Organics (https://kidswhoexplore.com/podcasts/ep-20-tick-safety-with-3-moms-organics/) 

    Stay out of long grass 

    Learn how to check for ticks after being outdoors, and what to do if you find a tick  

    Chickens will eat ticks 

    Use cedar oil (Cedarcide brand is what Dr. Koniver likes, or you can check out 3MomsOrganics TickWise) for yourself and your pets 

    Don’t let the fear of ticks keep you from getting outside! 


    Grounding requires moisture and minerals! This is likely why our feet are the most sweaty part of our bodies!  


    Surfaces that are NOT Conductive for Grounding: 

    Rubber soles 

    Painted metal 

    Black tar asphalt  

    Dry lumber 

    Artificial turf 


    Surfaces that ARE Conductive for Grounding: 

    Sand, and play sand, if it’s on the earth, and WET! 


    Unsealed garage 


    Most pipes 

    Metal poles (in the ground) 


    Rocks that have been touching the earth 


    Dr. Koniver creates grounding products that are made of natural cotton, stainless steel, and natural materials. She makes sure her grounding materials are good for people and good for the earth.  


    Learn more from Dr. Laura Koniver: 

    Website: https://intuition-physician.myshopify.com 
    IG, Facebook, TikTok: @intuitionphysician 

    Podcast: Intuition Physician   

    Documentary: The Earthing Movie  


    Book Suggestions: 

    The Earth Prescription by Laura Koniver, M.D.  

    Only Love Today by Rachel Macy Stafford 


    Thank you to Sawyer for sponsoring today’s episode! Find more at https://besawyer.com 


    Today’s Hosts: @laurenrodycheberle & @cldowsett from @kidswhoexplore
    Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music 

    • 32 min

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