Parenthood, Quotes

15 Quotes to Inspire Adventurous Children & Parenting

I am a firm believer in getting outside and getting active with my children as much as possible. I am thankful that my parents took the time to get me outside in nature and that they always encouraged me to be my own person. I am now on a mission to do this for my own children. Here are some of my favorite quotes that encourage this way of life! I hope you enjoy!

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

Denis Waitley

winter park
Mikey snowboarding Winter Park

“If we want our children to move mountains, first we have to let them get out of their chairs.”

Nicole Sowder

junior ranger
Our Junior Ranger in Grand Teton

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best”

Bob Talbert

BEar Cave
Hiking Adventures

“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm with kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.”

Seymour Simon

Lake Days

If you trust play, you will not have to control your child’s development as much. Play will raise the child in ways you can never imagine.”

Vince Gowman

Butterfly Palace

Let the children free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” 

Dr Maria Montessori 

Swimming fun

I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, it can do anything.

Alice Walker

Bear Cave
Letting her lead!

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

Richard Louv

South Dakota
Maevy in South Dakota

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

Valerie Andrews

Mikey Loving the Animals of South Dakota

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”

O. Fred Donaldson

Playing in the cold water

“The more risks you allow your children to take, the better they learn to look after themselves.”

Roald Dahl

Teton Beach
Gorgeous Beach

“Our children should be properly introduced to the world which they live.”

Thomas Berry

Snow fun with Grandma

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hoping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between the limbs of the body and bones of the earth when true balance and centeredness emerge.”

David Sobel

Cedar Falls
Leading the way!

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”

Jess Lair

Maevy at Mount Rushmore

“Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director, and the actor in his own play.”

Magda Gerber

I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes and that you feel inspired to let your children learn through nature and play! For more of my favorite quotes check out the quotes section of my blog!

Much Love & Happy Adventures,


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  • Reply Gretchen Cedergreen

    I am a retired first grade teacher, mother of four and grandma to eight.
    This is one of the most positive, uplifting and inspiring pieces I have ever seen. I am trying to forward it to my daughters/daughter-in-laws.
    No need for a parenting book when you have these inspiring words and pictures. Thank you.

    June 3, 2022 at 1:48 pm
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