How to Raise Passionate Kids Who Crave the Wild

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“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”  - John Muir

I met Jackie of Lace Brick Design  last year at an ATB workshop.  She introduced herself, and I immediately knew I wanted to get to know her better.  Mom dating—it’s a thing! 

According to their website, Lace Brick Design is a brand for the local girl. Jackie designs jewellery, apparel, and supplies perfect for the camper, adventurer, traveler, woods lover, road-tripper, full moon chaser, or backroad taker. In short, Lace Brick Design styles passionate, fearless females who crave the wild.  Which, of course, got me thinking—how do we raise passionate, fearless kids who crave the wild? 

I sat down with Jackie to ask her exactly this.

Me: You love to adventure–where did this come from?

Jackie:  Where? Well it’s in me. I get bored easily. If I stay in one place too long I get antsy, so I feed my adventure-seeking soul.  I love finding new places, new stories to tell.  Life gets very mundane, so living mindfully and purposefully really does feed my soul.


Me: What gave you the confidence to do it alone?

Jackie:  Literally nothing really scares me.  I never get that uncomfortable feeling that most people tell me they get when they are out travelling on their own.  I honestly didn’t realize it was a big deal—travelling on my own just makes me feel great.  Maybe it’s the dopamine release? I love it.  When I’m out exploring I have the biggest smile on my face. 

Me: Was this how you were raised?

Jackie: You bet—my dad is the most skilled bushman you have ever met, so he has always pushed me to get out there and do all the things. He knows I’m tough, smart, and have the confidence in me to figure things out.  My mom, on the other hand, is my safe place.  She’s home to me.  The best thing she does for me is to acknowledge that I have gone and done “the thing,” that she’s proud of me, and I should be proud too.  Big or little [adventure], my dad’s steady hand pushes me out the door, but my mom’s arms are there for a big hug when I get home.

Me: What advice do you have for parents wanting to raise confident kids (besides, you know, buying them comfortable underwear!)

Jackie: Okay, putting my teacher hat on. [Context: Jackie taught kindergarten for 10 years prior to starting her business] My biggest piece of advice is to not rush to pick them up when they fall, literally and figuratively.  Kids learn so much through their stumbles and failures and setbacks.   Let them experience things, give them exposure to the wild, to animals, to nature, to art—step back and see the world through their eyes.   And my last piece of advice for parents with spirited kids (as one myself), don’t try to get them to conform. Recognize that they will be leaders instead.

Follow along on all Jackie's social media for all her upcoming adventures. You will find her at many Calgary markets this holiday season too.




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