The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast

By Ginny Yurich

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Childhood is finite at just shy of 9.5 million minutes. We only get one shot at it. One of the biggest decisions we make is how we will use that time. Research has confirmed time and time again that what children are naturally and unabashedly drawn to, unrestricted outside play, contributes extensively to every area of childhood development. The importance here cannot be understated. Every year we aim to match nature time with the average amount of American kid screen time (which is currently 1200 hours per year). Have a goal. Track your time outside. Take back childhood. Inspire others.

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The Best Parenting Decision We've Made To Date | Molly DeFrank, Digital Detox | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E54

This is a bold statement... the best parenting decision made to date!!

Listen in to find out what it is and why you don't need to feel any shame about past screen habits with your family. We all were marketed one thing and it didn't pan out. Molly walks us through many ways to keep screens from ruling your household and reminds all of us of the tremendous influence we have as parents.

There are lots of things that come in this episode and in her book that I didn't know... about conversation, about the impact of even just having your phone out, about the amount of micro-interactions necessary to build a strong relationship.

Learn more about Molly DeFrank here:

Check out Molly's book here:

Sep 30, 2022
Learning About Nature Through Song | Sara Ernst, Award-Winning Children's Author, Illustrator, & Kindie Musician | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E53

Get ready for a unique episode with award-winning children's author, illustrator, and kindie musician Sara Ernst! 

All of you with little ones need to know about Sara and the beautiful children's books she's written and illustrated as well as all of the darling music she has recorded to help all of us learn in nature and pique our curiosities. 

Sara performs two of her enchanting songs in this episode and reminds us of the power of music to help us self-soothe, move, and give us deep feelings. Music is an amazing resource to use throughout childhood.

Sara also talks about the process of writing and illustrating children's books, something that is a dream for many.

Your kids will love her music!! And with titles like It Comes from a Seed, Constellations, Clouds, Firefly, My Cocoon, and Seasons they will learn things while they listen!

Check out Sara and all she has to offer (many free things!) on her website:

And on Youtube:

Sep 27, 2022
Children Who Play Creatively Are Not Lucrative to the Toy Industry | Dr. Susan Linn, Who's Raising the Kids? | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E52

We need to end the corporate takeover of childhood.

Dr. Susan Linn always has practical and pertinent information for today's parents. She's an expert on the commercialization of childhood, the values that companies are spreading that cause division in families, and the types of toys that undermine creativity.

In a gentle, supportive, and empathetic was Susan helps us find ways to protect our children's intrinsic motivation to play and create. She gives insight into what is going on behind the scenes that is contributing to nagging and guilt. 

I have gotten so much out of all three of Dr. Susan Linn's books, all published by The New Press. Her newest, Who's Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children is phenomenal. I was so thankful to get the chance to talk about the things she is continuing to learn as it pertains to the intentions of companies who are taking advantage of our need at times for convenience.

Susan was on our podcast earlier this season (season 3, episode 26) talking about the loss of middle childhood (ages 6 - 12). Both episodes are fantastic. They'll leave you with lots to ponder and lots to discuss with friends and family!

Check out Susan's brand new book here:

Learn more about Dr. Susan Linn here:


Sep 22, 2022
Move at the Speed of Your Family | LaNissir James, Author + Speaker + Consultant, The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E51

What's it like recording a podcast while frantically getting ready for the news to show up last minute? You'll find out here! LaNissir is highly sought after for her momma skills (she has seven kids plus two puppies) and for her advice on roadschooling, homeschooling, Myers Briggs personality types, leadership, and so much more! 

Everyone loves LaNissir and I know you will too. Mamas who are in the early stages with little ones, you will find encouragement here. Mamas who are transitioning to new ages and stages, you will find wisdom and joy here. She reminds all of us to embrace the season that we are in right now.

Check out LaNissir's Moms Manual here:

Learn more about LaNissir here:

Sep 21, 2022
There’s Not Ever Going to be the Perfect Season to Adventure | Jodi Mockabee, The Whole & Healthy Family | The 1000 Hours Outside Family, S3 E50

When you have young kids you are in the trenches, living moment by moment and trying to do the best that you can in those early years. And your kids get older, it gets easier physically but you lose the flexibility and wide-open schedules of early childhood. The point is that now is now and there won't ever be a perfect season to adventure with your family. 

Jodi Mockabee, author of The Whole & Healthy Family has crafted a lifestyle of adventure for her five children and she joins us to explain the ins and outs but she also covers getting teens outside, the importance of stamina, the benefits of being barefoot, and she also gives some beautiful homeschool advice for those who are in need of that. 

You can check out Jodi's new book, The Whole & Healthy Family here:

Learn more about Jodi on her amazing website here:

Jodi has so much to offer on her site!


Sep 20, 2022
We are Humans, And We Need to Fight For Our Humanity | Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Digital Madness | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E49

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an Ivy League educated psychologist, best-selling author, internationally renowned speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, and the impacts of our digital age.

We spoke last year in season two about his phenomenal book Glow Kids that came out in 2016 where he lays the case that technology is habit-forming. At the time it was ground-breaking and controversial though now it has been established that we live in an "attention economy" and that our devices very much operate like digital slot machines.

Launching this week is a brand new book by Kardaras and per usual it is cutting edge and eye-opening. Digital Madness looks at what addictive technology and habituation is doing to our society. You don't want to miss this episode! 

There's so much in here I don't even know where to begin. Kardaras is an addiction specialist and he has the answers that we need with the metaverse on the horizon and at a unique time in history when depression is outpacing prescriptions.

Digital Madness is a total page turner! Check it out here:

Sep 14, 2022
I Want My Family to Get the Best of Me, Not the Rest of Me | Jon Acuff, Author + Speaker | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E48

Jon Acuff is paving the way.

He's paving the way for his daughters as he just co-wrote a book with them (!) and he's paving the way for us with practical, relatable information that makes our lives better. 

In 2021, Jon wrote Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking and he has this way of doling out information that sticks. It slides into your brain and rolls around in there and connects with your other thoughts and helps you make more heartfelt choices.

It was an honor and a hoot to get a chance to talk with Jon about parenting topics like helping kids learn their "turn down" techniques for when life has gone haywire, like giving kids time to practice skills during childhood so that they feel prepared for adulthood, like being purposeful and present with today's relationships.

We also talk about legos.

And queso.

And skittles and failure.

Jon's daughters, L.E. and McRae wrote a sequel to Soundtracks that's geared for teens called "Your New Playlist" and Jon was their editor. 

As a New York Times Bestselling Author and INC Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Jon packs it the good stuff while being entertaining, witty, and memorable through and through.

Check out Your New Playlist here:

Learn more about Jon, his other books, his courses, and his "All It Takes is a Goal Podcast" here:

Sep 13, 2022
Slowing Down to the Speed of Listening | Christine Marie Bailey, The Kindred Life | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E47

Vulnerability, grit, courage, abundance, farming, belonging, how to slow down in a busy culture, embracing change, pushing through, starting fresh, visceral connection, stoking someone else's fire, abundance, and... farming!!! 

Lovely topics with a lovely soul... Christine Marie Bailey reminds us through her book and her personal story, that it totally okay to change, and grow, and do something different with your life. We don't have to ask permission.

You can find Christine's new book, The Kindred Life here: (it's beautiful and would make a great gift!)

You can find Christine at as well as

Christine is also on Instagram at @organicstine and @thekindredfarm

Sep 08, 2022
We're Going to Get to the End and We're Not Going to Care About a lot of Things | Todd Wilson, The Familyman | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E46

Todd Wilson sure does live up the hype. You're gonna laugh and cry your way through this one.

Todd helps us answer pertinent questions like:

* How to choose relationships when there's so much to do?

* How to help you and your children smile more?

* How to stop focusing so much on the future?

*How to remember what matters amidst the busyness of our world?

Learn more about Todd at: and

Sep 07, 2022
Be a Relentless Defender of Your Family Culture | Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E45

It's so hard to turn down good opportunities. 

In this episode, headed into the back-to-school season we talk about defending the type of family that we want to have. We celebrate children blooming at their own pace. We discuss the often ignored gifts of motherhood and parenting. 

Ainsley Arment's newest book, The Wild + Free Family reminds us that if we don't make decisions about our family's values, then society will make it for us.

Time is clicking by. This podcast episode will remind you to look at the children you have and celebrate all that they are and all that they are interested in, even when those things aren't what society would deem as awardable.

Ainsley is the founder of the Wild + Free movement which includes six books, content bundles, curriculum, meet-up groups, a podcast, conferences, and even a farm village that hosts family camps and more! 

Ainsley has such a beautiful way with words. You'll love this episode and her brand new book. 

Purchase Wild + Free Family here:

Learn more about Wild + Free here:

We're so grateful for today's podcast sponsor, Toups and Co Organics. Toups and Co is owned and run by a homeschool mom of four, Emilie Toups. Toups and Co believes people deserve amazing skincare and makeup that works without hormone disrupting toxins.

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Sep 01, 2022
Are We Modeling that Adulthood is a Big Bore? | Linda Flanagan, Take Back the Game | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E44

Wow! Wow! Wow!

I learned SO much from Linda Flanagan's brand new book "Take Back the Game, How Money and Mania are Ruining Kids' Sports, and Why it Matters."

Not only did I learn a lot about things like the college admissions process and what's going on behind the scenes, why kids' sports have become such a big deal over the past two decades, the dangers of early sports specialization and more but her book also left me SO much to ponder.

Ever since reading the book I've been thinking about how we are presenting adulthood in our home. I've been thinking about the importance of relationship and if the choices we are making regarding our time is supporting quality relationships. I've been thinking about the simple, family times like dinner together that truly matter. And I've been thinking about sibling cohesiveness.

Linda has done a masterful job of writing a book that pertains to all parents, whether they are heavily involved in youth sports or not. She touches on our anxiety about the future, about our vulnerabilties, and about our deep-seated search for meaning and significance.

Her book is fantastic and this conversation is eye-opening and will leave you with a lot of things to think about.

Check out Linda's new book here:

You can also find Linda on twitter at @LindaFlanagan2 .

Aug 26, 2022
85% of the Jobs That Will Exist in 2030 Haven’t Been Created Yet | Ryan Collins, CEO of Bethel Tech | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E43

What’s coming and how we should be preparing our children?

Ryan Collins, President and CEO of Bethel Tech gives us a solid view into current trends in the job market and what the future may hold.

He explains why character traits such as trustworthiness, empathy, brave communication, healthy relationship and community are highly sought after characteristics by employers and he helps us understand why childhood is meant for play. Ryan reminds us that "Play is the impetus for creativity." Screens can come later. In fact, with little or no background in tech at all it takes just nine months to become proficient enough to land a high paying career in a rapidly changing job market.

This episode is fascinating. We discuss aligning the future of education with the future of work and Ryan explains how they are doing that right now at Bethel Tech.

Bethel Tech is the first and only Christian coding school in the world. Located just over three hours from Silicon Valley, they are getting invited into places like Facebook, IBM, Google and Apple because of the quality of graduates they are churning out.

Their brand-new high school program kicks off on September 12, 2022 so make sure you listen in before then! This is an episode for everyone to listen to and pass on because you'll walk away with a lot of insight on today's fast moving labor markets, many of which no longer require a four (or even two) year degree. Bethel Tech provides options for high schoolers, college aged students (think gap year), and career pivoters of any age.

Bethel Tech offers what so many need right now and they are also continuing to look into the future to adapt their educational offerings to iterate and to continue to align with the needs of companies.

Bethel Tech is offering a $50 tuition reduction off each of their high school courses and $1000 off of their full program to 1000 Hours Outside listeners. Be sure to mention it when you hit the "I'm interested" button.

Learn more here:

Aug 24, 2022
Messiness is Therapeutic and Helps Kids Deal with Perfection Issues | Sandi Schwartz, Finding Ecohappiness | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E42

Sandi Schwartz, author of Finding Ecohappiness joins us to talk about so many things I've never heard of before relating time interacting with nature and our overall wellbeing (both in childhood and adulthood).

We discuss the new emerging science of awe, lessons we can learn in the garden, Attention Restoration Theory, and more! We talk about differnet Citizen Science opportunities that are available, blue zones, and why we should all float more :). 

Sandi's book is so comprehensive and this podcast episode is as well! 

You can learn more about Sandi and ecohappiness here:

Aug 18, 2022
The Brain is Designed to Remember Shocking Things | Kristen Jenson, Defend Young Minds | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E41

Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Defend Young Minds (formerly Protect Young Minds®) and #1 best-selling author of the Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books, which have translations in 10 languages and are now augmented by a guidebook for professionals which supports child therapists and educators. She is also the executive producer of the Brain Defense: Digital Safety curriculum—a powerful and engaging video-based course for families and educators.

Kristen is a positive voice for raising empowered, resilient, screen-smart kids who know how and why to reject pornography. She instills hope and confidence and leaves her audiences with pragmatic advice they can act on immediately to defend young minds.

Kristen has raised her strong voice at international conferences and symposiums such as the United Nations Civil Societies Conference and the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit.

She has testified before the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee on the public health crisis of pornography, and she is a trusted guest on a variety of media platforms as she speaks up for defending children from pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation.

Join us as we seek to educate ourselves, empower our children, and keep the conversation going!

Learn more about Defend Young Minds here: Website:

Aug 16, 2022
We Underestimate the Power of Family | Kim John Payne, Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3

I think you're going to listen to this one twice. Maybe three times. I cried while editing it and I can hardly believe I got to speak with Kim John Payne a second time. 

Payne's newest book, Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens launches this week and it left me slack-jawed. Like all of Payne's other books, he covers so many pressing topics in both practical and memorable ways and then, in these conversations, he somehow is able to expound even more. 

In just sixty minutes we cover the crucial topic of family being a safe harbor and how as a lot of the structures of the past fall away we have to step up and strengthen the family base camp. We cover bullying - in all forms including online, exclusion, teasing, and more and the ways to coach kids through. Bullying doesn't just affect one child, it affects the entire family. We discuss "turning down the faucet" instead of spending childhood mopping up the spillage.  We talk about rites of passage in other cultures and the ways in which those are related to enduring ongoing social turbulence. Payne shares a secret near the end... and it's a good one. 

We had the conversation and I took notes. I listened back to edit it and I took notes. It's just so good. A golden nugget of my parenting years. 

The things we can teach our tweens, teens and even younger children about being emotionally resilient will help us as well in our adult lives.

There aren't many books I recommend having on your shelves as reference, but this is definitely one. 

You can purchase a copy here:

Sign up for a free live book launch workshop on Thursday 8/18 at 8:30 ET here:

It's free but you have to register. I'll be there too!!

Learn more about Kim John Payne and all of his wonderful books here. As Kim says, "Parenting is too important to not enjoy it."

Aug 11, 2022
22 National Parks in 2022 | Kyana Miner, Black Adventure Mom | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E39

As seen on Good Morning America, Kyana Miner adventures with her family and then helps other families join in by providing all the tips and tricks you need as a parent to follow in the Miner's footsteps. 

With concise, bulleted lists Kyana (both on Instagram and her website) walks through the ins and outs and their travels with four young kids, explaining their favorite spots, how long the hikes are, what's near by, and so much more. 

As campers, bikers, skiers, and hikers the Miners sure do know how to adventure! Kyana also talks about the powerful sibling bonds they are forming, the benefits of being barefoot, how to deal with fear as a mother and so much more.

The Miners are traveling through many National Parks this month, August 2022!!

You can follow along on their adventures over on Instagram @blackadventuremom or on Kyana's website:

Aug 09, 2022
What To Do When Fear Sucks the Joy Out of Your Family | Jennifer Pepito, Mothering By the Book | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E38

My lovely friend, Jennifer Pepito wrote an extraodinary and unique book about the lessons we can learn as parents through the read aloud stories we share with our children. 

In this episode, we dive straight into so many of the fears we hold of not doing enough, of the baby years, of kids falling being, of being along, and so much more and then the process of finding hope and the answers to many of our fears through the literature that we read.

We discuss comparison, habits, and even the power of singing! 

You can find Jennifer's new book wherever books are sold but if you purchase here there are some fun freebies:

Jennifer is also the founder of The Peaceful Press where she carries beautiful learning resources for children. Learn more here:

Aug 04, 2022
Turning Back to Traditional Toys | Sarah Baldwin, President of Bellaluna Toys | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E37

Sarah sings us the most beautiful little song in this episode!!! It's SO lovely and heartwarming. Goodness, there is so much in this hour. We talk about rhythm and why it's espeically importat in the early years. We discuss how every seven years we reach a new stage of development - and this occurs throughout our life! We touch on heirloom quality toys, open-ended toys, and the characteristics of traditional toys. We touch on creating our own village because we were never meant to parent in isolation. Music is woven into this epsiode as is the power of being present and the important reminder to set our phones down more when we're with our children.

You've gotta listen! There's so much here! 

We recorded this is honor of the 20th anniversary of Bella Luna toys and so as president Sarah walks through her three career stages and that is fascinating as well. 

All in all, you'll walk away with so much.

Happy 20th anniversary, Bella Luna Toys!!! Check them out here:

Check out Sarah's blog here:

And watch some of Sarah's YouTube videos here:

Aug 03, 2022
Technology that Supports Healthy Human Behavior | Russell York, Cosmo Technologies | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E36

It's been 15 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone and as Russell York, CEO of Cosmo Technologies puts it we have "blazed past some disturbing mile markers."

Many are starting to take another look at the role of technology in our lives and beginning to determine ways to intentionally use it as a tool rather than being the end product that is used by technology as it collects our data, our money, and our time.

Through Cosmo Technologies and the JrTrack Kids Smartwatch, Russell York and team are proactively providing solutions that bring back balance by providing desperately needed tech options to parents. Why is there very little middle ground when it comes to technology - especially technology for kids? Why doesn't Apple have a kid's phone? Google? The answer which we discuss in this podcast episode is fairly shocking.

This is hard time to be a parent. Thankfully, companies like Cosmo Technologies are making it easier to "Take Back the Neighborhood!"

Join us as we discuss the disconnected childhood experience, how to grapple with addictive screen devices, and what option we have as parents to help give our kids more freedom and more memorable and meaningful outdoor play moments.

Learn more about the JrTrack 2 Kids GPS smartwatch here:

Get 30% off your order with code: "1000HOURS"

Jul 28, 2022
Parenting is a Constant Lowering of Expectations | Lindsay Ford, Positive Parenting Solutions | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E35

Parenting coach, Lindsay Ford encourages all of us to keep taking steps forward because with each new step you're gathering new information and you'll find clarity.

Parenting is an ever-changing endeavor and Lindsay helps us sort out many of the pertinent questions and issues such as tantrums, dealing with fear and worry, and why some kids are easier than others. 

You can learn more about Lindsay and check out her free parenting class called How to Get Your Kids to Listen Without Yelling, Threats or Bribes at

Jul 25, 2022
Resist the Urge to Overly Structure Childhood | Luis Fernando Llosa, Beyond Winning | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E34

When kids have adult-directed activities filling every nook and cranny of their childhoods, they lose the ability to be a self-starter. They miss out on key developmental periods where the experiences of simple play help them learn to be creative and adaptable.

Kim John Payne (author of Simplicity Parenting and many other books) co-wrote a book called "Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment" with Luis Fernando Llosa and Scott Lancaster and it probably wouldn't have been a book I would've initially picked up but Kim introduced us to Luis and I'm so thankful the path of my life led me to this book.

It is filled with rich parenting and life insights. While youth sports culture is sufficiently covered, so are a considerable amount of other topics that are timely and needed for today's parents. We discuss the power of play, boredom, the upcoming job market, the gift of anticipation, peer mentoring, learning for mastery, how to respond to loss and failure, what should define success in childhood and in life, and more!

Beyond Winning went right to the top of my list as a favorite parenting book.

You can learn more about Luis at Whole Child Sports:

You can purchase Beyond Winning (and many other phenomenal books) here:

Finally, you can pre-order Luis's newest book with Kim John Payne that releases August 9th, Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens here:

Jul 21, 2022
We Have Forgotten How to Have an Ordinary Time | Pam Lobley, Why Can't We Just Play | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E33

I laughed and snorted and cried and reflected through the entirely of Pam Lobley's book, Why Can't We Just Play - What I did When I Realized My Kids Were Too Busy

This podcast episode has it all. We walk through all the familiar feelings of motherhood and parenting - lonliness, hollowness, fear, pressure, competitiveness, guilt, nervousness but above all love. 

Pam reminds us, in a comical way that I've rarlely seen in parenting books, that we don't get these years back. Eras end. 

So how can we step off the engine train of activities? How can we follow a clear vision for our family? How can we lower expecations in a good way and remind ourselves that the overwhelm and exhaustion we feel is very normal?

I recommend Pam's book beyond reservation. 

Through August 1st, 2022 you can get a copy through Pam's editor for 40% off with the code "PLAY." Check it out here:

And follow Pam on Instagram for news about an online book she'll be running in the future.


Jul 14, 2022
Brand New Nature Curriculum |Ginny Yurich & Julie Schultz, Add the Wonder Nature Curriculum |The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E32

I am thrilled to announce the brand new official 1000 Hours Outside nature curriculum: Add the Wonder Nature Curriculum available beginning July 12, 2022. 

Download sample pages and learn more here:

This new resource, created by Ginny Yurich, M.Ed. and founder of 1000 Hours Outside alongside Julie Schultz, homeschooling mother of 8, is designed to be cross-curricular, multi-age, and affordable; but more than that it, was written to capture attention through the fascinating things and interconnections that are already embedded in our world. It's a perfect fit for home educators, nature schools, grandparents, summer learning, and classroom teachers!

John Taylor Gatto said, "There are as many ways to be come educated as their are fingerprints." Join us in a conversation about childhood and about learning!


Jul 08, 2022
We Only Need Five Good Friends - The Science of Fun and Relationships | Dr. Michael Rucker, The Fun Habit | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E31

We all want to have a little bit more fun!! How much fun do we need? What consistutes as fun? What are some fun ideas?

Dr. Michael Rucker, authoer of the upcoming book The Fun Habit is on a mission to help the world have more fun.

In this episode we explore a lot of the science behind having fun as we touch on autonomy, situational intimacy, exploring uncertainty, friendship, personality traits surrounding what's considered fun, and much more!

You can find out more about Mike, about his upcoming book, and about the science behind fun on his website:


Jul 01, 2022
Just Because Someone Else is Winning, Doesn't Mean You're Losing - The Secrets to Finding Contentment | Rachel Cruze, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E30

Rachel Cruze, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author (twice!) and daughter of personal finance expert Dave Ramsey joins us right at the kick-off a new season to discuss crafting the life we want through intentional choices.

We talk through the subjects of jealousy and comparison - which are sometimes hard to steer clear of in a social-media drenched world. 

We discuss increase in prices and how to still create a fulfilling summer filled with memorable experiences in a way that doesn't break your budget.

You can learn more about Rachel and her amazing books at her website, where you'll find so many free resources such as quick and easy dinner recipes as well as budget-friendly vacations!

Jun 27, 2022
Bringing a Consumer's Mindset to Club Sports | Priscilla Tallman, NCAA Mindset Coach | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E29

With a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology, Priscilla Tallman who is an author and NCAA mindset coach walks us through the world of club sports and what to be on the lookout for as parents.

Club sports have changed over the past several generations and it's important to be a shrewd consumer when it comes to involvement.

Tallman walks us through how to determine if your program matches your family's value systems? How much is too much? What is the end goal? What are children looking to get out of team sports? Does that change with age? What is the measure of success when it comes to childhood sports teams? How to talk to your kids about tough games? What percentage of kids go on to a collegiate level and how do their childhood sports experiences affect them later on in life? And so much more!!!

You can learn more about Priscilla and find her journals for athletes here:

Jun 15, 2022
All Things Aquatic - Swimsuit Colors, Life Jackets, Swim Lessons, and More! | Chris Whipple, Whipple Aquatics & Safety | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E28
Chris Whipple, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer Educator with the American Red cross, has been supervising and managing a variety of aquatic settings over the past 15+ years. He is also a nationally registered EMT, a part president of the Association of Aquatic Professionals, and was a subject matter expert for the current release of the American Red Cross lifeguarding program. 
Today Chris joins us to talk about all things aquatics and water safety. He answers many questions that also came in via social media channels covering many topics including swim lessons, life jackets, swimsuit colors, open-water swimming, and so much more! 
In 2020, Chris also founded Whipple Aquatics and Safety to help bring training and education to as many people as possible to keep them safe in and out of the water. You can find more about many of the topics we talked about here:
Jun 09, 2022
It's Okay to Say "Not Yet," The Power of Delaying Smartphones and Social Media | Brooke Shannon, Wait Until 8th | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E27

Find the answers to so many of your tech questions here.  

Brooke Shannon, mother of three and founder of Wait Until 8th walks us through the immense challenges we face today in regards to technology with new insight, practical tips, and encouragement to stay the course.

Wait Until 8th, Let Kids be Kids Just a Little Longer is a pledge that will empower parents to rally together to delay the smartphone at least until 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure within the child’s grade to have a smartphone. 

Learn more about Wait Until 8th here:

Jun 02, 2022
A Place to Belong | Amber Johnston, Heritage Mom | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E25

A manifesto. 

A memoir.

And a guide.

Amber Johnston's brand new book, A Place to Belong: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond launched this week and it was an honor and a joy to be able to have a conversation about "curating a culturally rich home library, fostering open dialogue, and raising socially conscious kids." Amber's new book answers so many questions she's been personally asked over the years. It has a beautiful breadth and depth to it with so many practical takeaways and lots to ponder and learn.

Find out more about Amber at:

Learn more about Amber's new book here:

Jun 01, 2022
The Loss of Middle Childhood (ages 6 - 12) I Dr. Susan Linn, Author, Psychologist, & Award-Winning Ventriloquist | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E26

Dr. Susan Linn is an author, psychologist, and award-winning ventriloquist (so fun!) and she has changed the world with her two books, Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood and The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.

You may have seen her in some episodes of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood growing up!

We dive into so many pertinent topics in this episode including:

*The loss of middle childhood (age 6 - 12) and why it matters

*KAGOY (Kids are growing older younger)

*Kids learn how to learn through play and it improves the executive function of their brain

*How corporations exploit kid's vulnerabiltiies

And so much more!!

Dr. Linn has a new book releasing this September called "Who's Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children." She has so much to offer parents and caregivers. You're going to get a lot out of this one!

Jun 01, 2022
Outdoor Kids in an Inside World | Steven Rinella, Founder of MeatEater | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, S3 E24

Learn how to hang out with the cool people when you're older. :)

Steven Rinella is a father, outdoorsman, writer, and wild-foods enthustiast. Creator and host of the television show MeatEater and the MeatEater Podcast, Rinella just launched a phenomenal new books for parents called "Outdoor Kids in an Inside World."

Time in nature teaches kids resourcefulness and discipline. In the great outdoors, they learn how to deal with disappointments, challenges, annoyances and they gain a new appreciation for conveniences. 

In this episode, Rinella inspires us to include our kids in the things we love. He reminds us of how powerful our own moods are within our homes. And he encourages us, through his personal trials and failures, with a message that challenging things can be extremely rewarding.

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May 12, 2022
Seeking Out the Beauty of Something Different | Greta Eskridge, 100 Days of Adventure | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E23

Feel the pull of real, tangibile experiences that cause our children and cause us to look up and behold the beauty of the world around us and of relationships.

Join us as we discuss Greta's lastest book, 100 Days of Adventure and talk about things like the lost art of knot tying, taking a book road trip, finding engagement in simple things, getting our hands dirty and so much more! 

You can learn more about Greta here:

Purchase your copy of 100 Days of Adventure here:

May 12, 2022
Don't Live Your Life By Watching Others Live Theirs | Diane Boden, Minimalist Moms Podcast | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E22

How do we juggle it all? The cooking? The cleaning? Work? Activities?

Diane Boden, host of Minimalist Moms Podcast since 2016 joins us we cover all sorts of practical ways to priortize experiences over posessions.

Learn about:

*The one minute rule

*The "heck yes" mentality

*Putting down your phone and picking up your life

*JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out)

and so much more!

A special part of this episode is that there are lot of precious kid "interupptions" - a sweet reminder that perfection isn't necessary and relationships trump all.

Find out more about Diane and her podcast here:

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Apr 28, 2022
Gifting a Childhood and Restoring Wonder | Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E21

Reclaiming wonder in childhood, how children learn, the ripple effects of entrepreneurship, the beauty of motherhood, you are the expert on your child, ... and so much more! There are so many themes in this podcast episode with Ainsley Arment, founder of Wild + Free and author of The Call of the Wild + Free.

Ainsley has been instrumental in fostering deep relationships all around the world through the Wild + Free movement. She has a way with words and an outlook on life and parenting that will touch your soul.

You can learn more about Ainsley and Wild + Free here:

Apr 22, 2022
If We Let Kids Pursue Their Own Interests and We Support Them, They Will Learn | Dr. L. Carol Scott, Psychologist and Author | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E20|

Relationships are at the heart of all our success. Listen in as Dr. L. Carol Scott walks us through how children because self-aware through interaction with people and the environment and through play experiences during the ages of birth to seven. 

And learn how we can implement "development do-overs" if we missed some of the key components. 

Carol also discusses why it's important to take a step back when kids are trying new things since they are born learners and are naturally curious explorers.

You can find Carol on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and on her website. And if you are interested in her free Bookette you can email her at .

Apr 15, 2022
Let's Do Hard Somewhere Beautiful | Nichole Holze, Responsibly Brave | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E19

Parenting can be grueling - but often it is exhausting no matter whether we are inside or outside. Build your adventure muscles with Nichole Holze and learn right alongside your kids that you all can do hard things. 

Nichole walks you through the ins and outs of finding the best places to adventure for your family at the stage of life you're in right now. She teaches you how to adventure responsibly and she reminds us all that the outdoors is such a balm to a soul that is struggling.

Learn more about Nichole here:

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Apr 09, 2022
Trusting Your Own Parenting Judgement | Jennifer Pepito, The Peaceful Press - S2 E18

Parenting is a journey, not a science. As we learn to trust our kids, we also learn to trust ourselves and our judgement. 

This podcast episode is filled with beautiful wisdom from mom of seven, Jennifer Pepito. She walks us through the harrowing years of toddlerhood all the way through the even more harrowing years of young adults.

Learn more about Jennifer Pepito here:

Mar 31, 2022
Our Feet Are the Ultimate Technology, Conversation with a Podiatrist | Andy Bryant, Melbourne Natural Podiatry | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E17


Wide, Thin, Flat, Flexible - This is what to look like in a shoe. We need to free our feet because our feet are the ultimate technolgy and by not allowing them to be used in the way that they are designed we put stress on other parts of our bodies, like our hips and and knees.

The ground will stabalize your foot. The ground will mobilize your foot. Learn why you want to have as little between your foot and the ground as possible!

You'll even learn a little about the history of shoes and why the majority of them look the way that they do.

Learn more about Andy here:

And here:

Mar 25, 2022
Microadventures: Because Even Small Adventures Are Better Than None at All | Alastair Humphreys | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E16
I read Alastair's book, Microadventures and then had the immense pleasure of speaking with him for an hour and we've already made some changes around our home due to his influence. We're trying to cook and eat outside more. We're searching out new places to go. We're thinking differently about our time. 

Alastair is witty and endearing, and even more than that he'll remind you of what's out there and how the simplest of nature experiences will always be with us. 

We will definitely be reading his other books!!  

Learn more about Alastair here:

Check out all 13 of his books here:

Mar 18, 2022
School Outside All Day?! Learn More About Forest Kindergarten | Lida Lawrence, The Waldorf School of Baltimore | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E15

Have you ever heard of Forest Schools, but weren't really sure how they worked?

Join me and Forest Kindergarten teacher, Lida Lawrence, as we explore how The Waldorf School of Baltimore transitioned nearly two years ago to full day, outdoor Forest Kindergarten. We discuss how primarily 'indoor' activities like art and reading, and even eating lunch, translate out-of-doors, and you'll get a glimpse of a typical day for Lida and her students. 

The extra year of play-based learning in a setting like this, coupled with the delay in formal academics is truly a gift for these children. 

You can learn more about the school at 

Mar 15, 2022
Toys That Preserve the Creativity of the Child | Drew Vernon, Tonies | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 - E14

Stories, and storytelling, are such wonderful and even magical components of our lives - and especially the lives of our children. With the pressures to purchase toys to enhance development, we want to use the toys that nature provides us as well as toys that preserve the creativity of the child. 

Drew Vernon, Marketing Director of Tonies, joins us to talk about how the stories we fall in love with in the early days and years of our lives transcend simple entertainment - they teach us about the world and about each other. 

Join us as we talk about Drew's work with another iconic toy brand, and learn how his recent work at Tonies, with their tactile, screen-free Toniebox, is helping introduce pre-readers and developing readers to the wonders of narrative story telling. 

When children can just 'listen' to a story versus 'seeing' it played out in front of them, it sparks the creativity in their brain and challenges them to bring the story to life all on their own, using their imagination. 

You can get 15% off certain Tonies products with the code "toniepodcast" - certain restrictions do apply. 

Mar 13, 2022
Your Garden is Your Friend | Sharon Lovejoy, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E13

Depending on where you live, gardening season is either already here or it's right around the corner.

Of all the gardening books I've come across and read, Sharon Lovejoy's stand alone as my all-time favorite - and especially Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots which is a beloved book by so many all around the world.

Sharon joins us for a second time to help us kick off the gardening season with ideas of things to grow, practical tips, and the reminder that even a small victory like one pumpkin will bring more joy and delight than you can imagine.

Use gardening as a tool to help your mental health and your physical health. You can garden in the city like Sharon does or in the country - it doesn't matter where you live. The things that you plant will create mini worlds and you'll experience so much reward! 

My sincere gratitude to Sharon for joining us not one, but twice on the 1000 Hours Outside podcast. In our earlier episode (season 2, episode 15) we take an in-depth look at all the fantastic books Lovejoy has written over the years. 

Purchase your copy of Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots here:

Mar 07, 2022
The Run Wild My Child Treasure Hunt & More | Sara McCarty | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E12

Run Wild My Child is your online destination for all things kid-friendly and outdoorsy and they have so many fun things coming up this spring and summer like a photography challenge, a camping challenge and even a nationwide treasure hunt! Learn about the fabulous resources that Run Wild My Child provides, hear about the team that founder Sara McCarty has built, and discover practical advice for all your family outdoor adventures. 

Find more about Run Wild My Child Here:

Register for the Treasure Hunt Here:

Mar 04, 2022
Being Outside as a Kid Saved Me | Andrea Davis, Better Screen Time | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E11

Andrea Davis is the founder of Better Screen Time. She has a BA in secondary education. However, her greatest learning has come from being in the tech trenches as a stay-at-home-mom.

In this episode Andrea talks about her guide, “Creating a Tech-Healthy Family, 10 Must-Have Conversations to Help You Worry Less and Connect More With Your Kids” and gives practical and pertinent information for parents who are navigating screen usage in their family.

Learn more about Andrea and Better Screen Time here:

Purchase Andrea’s tech guide here:

Feb 28, 2022
Children in Loving Homes Can Still Feel Unseen | Leslie Martino | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E10
Leslie is captivating from the moment you meet her. She offers incredible resources that teach you how to thrive at home... she even offers a four-week coaching program called "Thrive at Home."

This podcast episode is filled with ideas about intentionality, connection, and learning how to ensure children feel seen and visible in the home.

Find more about Leslie Martino here:

Sign up for coaching with Leslie here:

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Feb 25, 2022
The Undeclared War On Childhood | Kim John Payne | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E9
Simplicity Parenting is a book that has touched hundreds of thousands of families around the globe. It certainly up-ended many of my thoughts on parenting and changed the course of our family in so many ways for the better. I consider it a must read for any parent. 

Simplicity Parenting is just one of eight books written by Kim John Payne. In this episode, he goes above and beyond is written words and clarifies, explains, validates, inspires, and reminds us of what is truly important. And then he points us to the future. Play is what will best prepare our children for it.

Discover the extraordinary power of the ordinary with Kim John Payne.

Purchase your copy of Simplicity Parenting here:

Pre-order Emotionally Resilient Teens & Tweens here:


Feb 17, 2022
Change the World and Do What Matters | Clare Fieseler & Gabby Salazar, National Geographic Explorers | 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E8
Clare Fieseler and Gabby Salazar met in the first class of National Geographic's Young Explorers. Over the past ten years, they have built a strong friendship and recently launched a new middle grades book together called No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration and Advice Clare and Gabby spotlight 25 women from all walks of life and from all around the world that are on the front lines of science and exploration today. These women may not look like what you'd think of when you think of science, but they are each changing the world in their own ways.

In No Boundaries, Clare and Gabby highlight a mountain climber, a mammalogist, a volcanologist, a long distance hiker, an archeologist, a paleontologist, a Florida springs diver, two photographers, and many more inspiring women. Each woman gives practical advice to anyone who is pushing boundaries!! 

This is a great one for your young scientist to listen to!

Purchase your copy of No Boundaries here:

Feb 14, 2022
Having A Porn Plan | Greta Eskridge| The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E7
Greta Eskridge, @maandpamodern on Instagram, is back on the podcast to discuss pornography!

The average age of a child's first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. Tune in to hear helpful tips on how to discuss this topic with your kids now or in the future at the appropriate time.

Learn more about Greta at

Order her first book, "Adventuring Together", here:

And check out her newest book, "100 Days of Adventure", which is available for pre-order here:

Feb 10, 2022
Parenting Without Blue Ribbons & Bumper Stickers - A Deep Dive Into the World of Charlotte Mason | Amber Johnston, Heritage Mom | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast S3 E6
Amber Johnston, aka "Heritage Mom" (@heritagemomblog on Instagram) is an expert when it comes to Charlotte Mason and providing a life-giving home. Her website,, is a treasure trove of information.

In this episode we discuss the tried and true tenets of the Charlotte Mason philosophy on education that have withstood the test of time over the last century. Who knew educational philosophy could be so interesting? :) 

Find out more about Amber at

Pre-order her brand new book, A Place to Belong, here:

Feb 03, 2022
What's Normal? | Joel Salatin, The Lunatic Farmer | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E5

Joel Salatin, known as "The Lunatic Farmer, has influenced me personally in so many realms of my life. He's caused me to look differently at everything from daily living to the food we eat, to the entertainment we consume, to vacations, to entrepreneurship, to parenting...he really covers it all, and so does this podcast. 

Joel's farm, Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA, is one of the most famous farms in the world and services more than 5,000 families. Learn more about the farm at Learn more about Joel and his 12 published books at

Jan 27, 2022
How to Compete with the Stimulation of Screens | Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D. | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E4

If only.

If only screens were as innocuous as we wished they were.

Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D. and author of "Glow Kids, How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids - And How to Break the Trance" walks through information every parent, teacher and caregiver should know about screens and brain development. 

Kids today are losing their ability to even stack and play with blocks. 

This episode will give you the tools that you need to hold off on screens a little more often and make space for more relationships and more of the good life.

Purchase your copy of Glow Kids here:

Learn more about Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D. here:

Jan 20, 2022
Homeschool Special | Durenda Wilson| The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E3

Join us as we discuss author Durenda Wilson's new book, "The 4 Hour School Day", how children learn so much just by living in the world, and how you can move forward with home education in spite of fear. 

Durenda has more than 25 years of home education experience and has 8 kids and 6 grandchildren. Her own children spent countless hours of their childhood playing outdoors and she credits much of their success to having a lot of opportunity to play freely. 

Find Durenda's book, "The 4 Hour School Day", here!

Jan 17, 2022
We Must Reinsert Movement Into Childhood | Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E2

Carla Hannaford wrote a book that revolutionized much of what I thought about learning and childhood. Movement is truly at the heart of learning and development, especially for children and yet we continue, more and more, to confine them to sitting spaces... in the name of education!

If we want our children's brains to work faster, we must allow them to move.

Learn more about Carla here:

Purchase a copy of Smart Moves here:

Jan 13, 2022
Research Supports Setting Kids Free | Teacher Tom | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S3 E1

Early childhood educator, international speaker, education consultant and author, Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson reminds us that being self-motivated, getting along with others and being personable are key factors for a lifetime of success and happiness. 

Research confirms that setting kids free to play is the best way for them to learn these skills. 

Learn more about Teacher Tom here:

Jan 06, 2022
If We Slow Down, Will We be Left Behind? | Erin Loechner |The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E21

Erin Loechner, author of Chasing Slow, founder of Design for Mankind as well as Other Goose, takes us on a journey through her own life and discusses how truly difficult it can be to slow down. 

There is a lot of fear surrounding doing less. Maybe we will be left behind or thought less of? Maybe we will pass up a really good opportunity?

In this episode we talk parenting, imperfection, and surrender. We talk about Erin's husband's brain tumor and how they manage that as a family. We talk about choosing to run a different race, heading toward a different type of finish line than the majority of those around us... and then being okay to lose that race.

Simple does not necessarily mean easy. But simple is still worth pursuing.

Purchase your copy of Chasing Slow here:

Check out Design for Mankind here:

Learn more about Other Goose here:

Dec 23, 2021
Hope For the Under-Resourced Parent | Pam Leo | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E20

Maybe you, like I am, are struggling - muddling your way through this parenting thing. Pam Leo, offers so much hope in this episode for any parent or caregiver who feels under-resourced, who feels like they're not giving enough or not quite hitting the mark. 

Pam is lovely and her resources and her life's mission has given us a better understanding of why parenting can be so unbelievably hard and then she gives practical tips and ideas that will help. We are often competing with our children to get needs met and a lack of resources is the most common reason for that competition.

Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting, joins us on the podcast to share her story as well as the genesis of Connection Parenting, and her book that includes her framework for 'Parenting Through Connection instead of Coercion'.

Pam is a delight and we know you'll love this conversation!

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Dec 16, 2021
How to Connect with Your Kids Amidst Busy Schedules & the Siren Calls of Technology | Greta Eskridge | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E19

Adventures, no matter how big or how small, push us out of our comfort zones and help us to grow as people and to connect as family and friends.

But with hectic schedules and constant access to technology, how can we ensure we are connecting with our kids in meaningful and lasting ways.

Greta Eskridge, author of Adventuring Together, encourages and inspires with practical tips and ideas for crafting that life you really want for you and your family.

Buy your copy of Adventuring Together here:

Dec 09, 2021
Slow Down and Sync Up With Nature's Rhythms | Nicolette Sowder | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E18

Nicolette Sowder is the founder of A Wilder Child, Wildschooling and the Kid's Moon Club. Nicolette gives all of us permission to be creative about how we structure our lives - to be purposeful and creative in doing so. 

She reminds us that we are enough and that we have enough to help our kids bond with the nature that is around them, whatever that looks like. 

Nicolette is a poet, a dreamer, a farmer and an entrepreneur, and her ideas will help you expand your thoughts about what your life could look like if you slow down and sync up to nature's rhythms. 

Dec 02, 2021
You’re Not Stuck with the Brain You Were Born With: John Muir Laws Talks Nature Journaling, Dyslexia, Growth Mindset, Ukulele, and more! | John Muir Laws | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E17

Listen in as John Muir Laws (AKA Jack) highlights a litany of benefits simply from throwing a nature journal and some drawing materials into your adventure bag and using it a few times a week. Learning how paying sustained, compassion attention to nature and to the people in our lives can profoundly change the ways we relate to each other and interact in the world.

Jack highlights growth mindest and reminds us that we're not stuck with the brains we were born with. He also talks in depth about being dyslexic and almost giving up on himself. You contain multitudes, he encourages and explains why dyslexia is a special gift. You are so much more than the way you spell. 

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Nov 24, 2021
Moving Grief and Trauma Out of the Body through Movement and Nature | Actress Nikki DeLoach | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E16

Our bodies talk to us all day long and because of the world that we live in now, we've been trained not to listen to it. American actress Nikki DeLoach walks us through how she uses movement and nature to move grief and trauma out the body. She also gives practical ideas for teaching our children to listen to their bodies.

This is a beautiful episode about life and death and love and memories and stormy skies in Georgia and soul connection. You might want to have some tissues ready. 

Nov 18, 2021
A Kaleidoscope of Sensory Pleasures and Forgotten Childhood Treasures are Found in the Garden | Sharon Lovejoy, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E15

Sharon Lovejoy's books changed our lives. Her incredible knowledge, wonderful writing and genuine warmth are simply delightful. In this episode we talk about fun topics like:

* how a garden is a magical thing and it costs virtually nothing to introduce your kids to this and to have real adventures together. 

* leading explorer walks and how they aren't just for kids

* fun things to do in the garden, even in the dark at night!

...And a lot more. Sharon is incredible and I know you'll love this conversation!


Nov 11, 2021
Play is the Main Occupation of Children | Angela Hanscom, Balanced and Barefoot | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E14

*Play is the main occupation of children.

*Kids are experiencing an unrelenting sitting routine that is wreaking havoc on children's minds and bodies.

*We want kids to move in ways that make adults gasp.

*A child who is spinning is trying to organize their brain.

*We're not allowing kid's neurological systems to do their work......

and SO much more. This episode should be on everyone's playlist. Angela Hanscom changed our lives and she will change yours too. 

Nov 04, 2021
The 8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Nurturing Your Child's Intelligences | Dr. Kathy Koch, Celebrate Kids | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E13

All kids are smart! What a powerful phrase! 

In this podcast episode you'll learn new ways to celebrate kids as you help them discover the unique ways in which they are smart. Is your child primarily logic smart, word smart, nature smart, picture smart, people smart, self smart, body smart, or music smart? This episode is jam-packed with practical information you can use within your family starting today! 

Oct 29, 2021
Everybody is Looking for Help to be Happier | Andrew Pudewa, Founder of The Institute for Excellence in Writing | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E12

We look in all sort of places for help to be happier. Listen as Andrew Pudewa, father of seven and grandfather of 15 shares his wisdom about being outside for no particular reason and how habits of slowing down can help our overall quality of life. Our world has all the materials we need to grow our imaginations, facilitate contemplation and reflection, and practice being at peace with ourselves. 

Andrew is the star of the show at speaking engagements across the country. People literally flock to him. It is a gift to have been able to grab him for an hour and hear the stories of his personal and professional journey.

Oct 26, 2021
Using Time in Nature to Quiet Our To-Do Lists | Lauren Betzing, Heartflow Kids | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E11

How can parents who are feeling stressed or overwhelmed during these times use nature as tool for less stress and anxiety, and more peace and presence? How can they help their children utilize simple nature experiences to lead a fuller, more grounded life? Learn this and more in our latest podcast episode with founder of Heartflow Kids, Lauren Betzing. 

Learn more about Heartflow Kids here:

Oct 21, 2021
The Power of the Multigenerational Family - Interview with John Hannigan, executive director of Celebrate Kids | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E10

Learn why you are smart and why your kids are smart! John is a favorite friend of ours and we loved diving into the 8 Great Smart, the 5 Core Needs as well as the impact of the third and fourth generations in our lives. And as a bonus, learn how to adapt to 1000 Hours Outside when you don't like being outside :).

Oct 19, 2021
Every Function of Your Body is Continually Responding to Nature. Learn about the Power of Full Spectrum Sunlight with Dr. Jacob Liberman | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E9

Our health and wellness is dependent upon our dance with Mother Nature. Listen as Dr. Jacob Liberman walks us through the immense importance of exposing our eyes and our bodies to full spectrum sunlight.

Oct 14, 2021
Connecting Moments of Boredom and Running Wild in the Woods to Great Storytelling | Interview with Author S.D. Smith | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E8

In a world that prizes busy over boredom, listen to the story of author Sam "S.D." Smith as he weaves together building worlds as a child to becoming a wordsmith. This episode is will gently remind all of us of the downside, the cost of constant entertainment. 

Sam traces his storytelling abilities back to the early years of his life where he ran wild in the woods of West Virginia, immersing himself in nature and in his imagination.

Childhood and childhood play hold value in the moment and for decades to come. Long live the storytellers!

Oct 07, 2021
Multitasking Reduces Cognitive Capacity to that of an Eight Year Old | Tom Kersting | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E7

We’ve gone from being in control of our devices to our devices often controlling us. Psychotherapist and parenting expert, Tom Kersting shares about his influential book, Disconnected and gives practical advice for reclaiming your family and reconnecting with your kids. Learn about how multitasking reduces your cognitive capacity as well as your IQ level so the next time you’re thinking about sending an email in the middle of a meeting, remember that it’d be the same as having an eight year old send it for you :).

Sep 30, 2021
Different Types of Weather Instill Resilience & Grit in Kids | Linda Akeson McGurk I The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E6

What about winter? It's the most frequently asked question we get asked at 1000 Hours Outside. Join us as we discuss the benefits of getting outdoors even when the weather isn't ideal. Learn practical tips and fun ideas for year-round outside adventure... and learn how to pronounce "friluftsliv." Linda's book, "There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather" changed our lives and we know you'll get so much out of her book and this podcast episode as well!

Sep 23, 2021
When School Wasn't Such a Big Deal, Interview with Dr. Peter Gray

It's hard to imagine a time when school wasn't as big of a deal as it is today, when childhood wasn't so career focused. Learn about a time when parents and society trusted that children could manage themselves and solve their own problems. Apprenticeships were the way of the past and may become a large part of the future of education. Dr. Peter Gray's book "Free to Learn" was a life-changing read in our family. Listen as we discuss Dr. Gray's books and so much more! 

Sep 16, 2021
Technology Training Wheels - Intentionally Introducing Technology in Steps | Anne Marie McDonald w/Gabb Wireless | The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E4

There's a better life beyond the screens. Anne Marie MacDonald from Gabb Wireless gives practical tips and ideas for intentionally introducing children to safe and healthy technology habits in stages. Learn about the phone and watch that parents are turning to for their children... and even for themselves in order to live beyond the screen so that there will be less time for the screens.

Sep 09, 2021
Bare feet, Movement Hunger, and a Home with No Furniture I Katy Bowman I The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E3

This episode was recorded on August 18th, 2021 In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down withKaty Bowman to discuss her latest book release, Grow Wild: The Whole-Child, Whole-Family Nature-Rich Guide to Moving More. Raising Healthy Sleepers from Crib to College. Purchase your copy here - (aff. link)

Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman is changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her nine books, including the groundbreaking “Move Your DNA” and “Movement Matters”, have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Bowman teaches movement globally and speaks about sedentarism and movement ecology to academic and scientific audiences. Her work has been featured in diverse media such as the Today Show, CBC Radio One, the Seattle Times, and Good Housekeeping. One of Maria Shriver’s “Architects of Change” and America Walks “Woman of the Walking Movement,” she has worked with companies like Patagonia, Nike, and Google as well as a wide range of non-profits and other communities, sharing her “move more, move more body parts, move more for what you need” message. Her movement education company, Nutritious Movement, is based in Washington State, where she lives with her family. Learn more at

Sep 02, 2021
Interview with "America's Worst Mom" I Lenore Skenazy I The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E2

This episode was recorded on August 17th, 2021. In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down with Lenore Skenazy to discuss her book, Free Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow. The first edition of Free Range Kids came out in 2009 and the second edition was released earlier this year, in 2021. Purchase your copy here - (aff. link).

Lenore Skenazy is president of Let Grow, a non-profit promoting childhood independence and resilience, and founder of the Free-Range Kids movement. She is also a speaker, blogger, syndicated columnist, author, and reality show host. A mother who lives in Queens, her controversial decision to let her then-9-year-old son take the New York City Subway home alone became a national story and prompted massive media attention. She was dubbed, “America’s Worst Mom.” In response, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” with the aim of "fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape." Let Grow continues the quest to make it "easy, normal and legal" to give kids back some old-fashioned independence of thought and deed.


Aug 26, 2021
Lux, Lumens, Sunlight, & Sleep I W. Chris Winter, MD I The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast - S2 E1

This episode was recorded on August 16th, 2021 In today's episode, Ginny Yurich sits down with Dr. W. Chris Winter to discuss his latest book release, The Rested Child, Why Your Tired, Wired, or Irritable Child May Have a Sleep Disorder - and How to Help, Raising Healthy Sleepers from Crib to College. Purchase your copy here - (aff. link). Dr. Chris Winter is a sleep specialist and neurologist and the author of The Rested Child and The Sleep Solution (published in 2017). The Sleep Solution, Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix it is a #1 best seller in Sleep Disorders. Join us as we discuss lux, lumens, sunlight, sleep, melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, video games, blue light, walking to school, and so much more! For more on today's guest: Dr. Chris Winter's website: The Sleep Solution book website:

Aug 16, 2021
Nature Time and the Vestibular Sense

The vestibular sense, also known as the balance sense, is the awareness of your body in space.  It begins developing in utero and is the first fully functioning sensory system to develop.  It is foundational to childhood development because it affects all the other senses.

Feb 14, 2019
Connecting as a Couple When You Can't Date Your Spouse

Date night.  It's all the rage.  Unless you can't do it.  

Parents who are wrestling with the pressure to date your spouse, don't despair!  As a society, we desperately need the reminder that we can connect as husband and wife, even with our children around.  

If you're struggling to connect and date nights are hard to come by, remember that Mother Nature is just a step out the front door.  You can recalibrate your marriage with your children around.  It has worked that way for thousands of years and it still works today.

Feb 14, 2019
Nature Play & Socialization

Socialization.  It's a huge buzz word.  We all want our children to learn good social skills throughout childhood but there is a misnomer that simply attending public schools is the answer.  Nature play is one of the best and most efficient ways for kids to learn social skills.  Learn why in this podcast! 

Jan 28, 2019
The Origin of 1000 Hours Outside

Why 1000 Hours Outside?  Where did it come from?  Learn the origin here and find out why you might want to join the 1000 Hours Outside Challenge with your family!

Jan 28, 2019
Tips for Spending Time Outside During the Winter
Jan 13, 2019
Time in Nature Contributes to Increased Academic Success

So often we when we think of learning we think of paper and pencil.  Or maybe we think of watching an educational program or listening to an engaging speaker.  It’s important as parents and caregivers to know that movement, and especially movement in free play, is a major contributor to brain growth. In fact, movement it is the pre-cursor to all learning.  Here are three ways that spending time outside helps ensure your that child gets the movement he or she needs for optimal brain development. 

Jan 01, 2019