Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Raising Duck Dynasty Kids in the City

Duck Dynasty Kids
Raising Duck Dynasty Kids in the City
If you watch Duck Dynasty, once the laughter and antics die down, you might notice how much tougher the Duck Dynasty kids seem to be than many of the kids coming out of our society today. Aside from the fact that they have a family that prays together and gives them constant focused attention and accountability, they also live a more rugged life then we find available to us in the over populated cities of America. In fact, recent research conducted across the 50 United States reveals that people in states like Louisiana and Alaska are indeed more rugged mentally with more even personality temperaments and better overall mental health.

So how do you give your city kids the rugged outdoor experience when you live in the heart of a big city? Believe it or not there are hunting, fishing and homesteading experiences all around you. Most big cities, especially in the Southwest offer a full parks and recreation experience. Phoenix City Parks offers everything from urban fishing to rock climbing walls. So then, the place to begin teaching your kids the Duck Dynasty way of life is with a Walmart urban fishing license. While children under 12 fish for free, you will need an affordable urban fishing license.

If you want to try the fishing experience before you go purchasing a license and equipment I recommend you visit your local Bass Pro Shop where you can get a hands on lesson for free. This is also an excellent place to check out local hunting gear and of course the latest Duck Commander Duck Calls.

If you haven't been to the Arizona Fish and Game website you really must check it out. There are links to free learning materials and lists of educational events and the greatest field trip of the year, Arizona Fish and Game weekend! Arizona Fish and Game is packed with events for everyone including kids to try fishing, shooting and even shooting a bow! The event is set up to teach about safety, wilderness survival and give everyone a chance to come in contact with local wildlife.

In addition to practicing urban fishing and visiting Arizona Fish and Game we have amazing family hikes available year round where kids can come in contact with local plant species and take in the mountain views. For a list of family friendly hikes you can go to Phoenix Parks and Recreation.

Finally, if you aren't into gardening and raising your own produce, check into some of the local farms and produce markets like Joe's Farm Grill. It is so important that our kids learn where their food comes from so that they can make educated decisions.

You may also want to read Duck Dynasty and Raising Children.

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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