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15 Fun Summer Activities for Kids—Country Style!

Don’t let the last few weeks of summer be a bore! Help inspire your children’s natural creativity with these fun country-style summer activities

Secrets to Keeping Your Kids in Sports While Living in the Country

Dedicated parents with athletic kids can work out the commute from rural areas to town sports events.

How to Start Your Own Multi-Family Compound

Whether you’re looking to share responsibilities, launch a business, or just spend more time together, we’ll give you the tools you need before...

Five Tips for Camping with Kids | Rethink:Rural

How do you make camping with kids even more fun? Outdoorsman and grandpa Jim Mize offers five tips to make camping a true adventure for young...

Homeschooling on the Florida Homestead

Tips for Aspiring Homeschoolers in Rural Florida: We talk to a homeschooling mom in Bradford County, Florida, for advice on how to start...

Christmas Outdoors

Christmas in the South has a cultural connection with the outdoors going back hundreds of years.  Archibald Rutledge, an outdoorsman and the first...

The Ultimate DIY Kids' Playhouses for Your Rural Land

We interview the imaginative carpenter behind Paul's Playsets, which offers cheap DIY Kids Playhouse plans you can purchase and download.

Secrets to Making Farm Chores Fun for Children of All Ages

Farm chores might not sound like your children’s idea of a good time. But with some encouragement from you, they can learn to love helping out.

Class is outdoors at Farm-Based Natural Science School

We find out how a Natural Science School on a Farmstead for preschoolers, homeschoolers and "Nature Geeks" came to be.

54 ways to know you grew up "country"

Country boy Jonathan Goode shares his list of 54 favorite experiences that country living gives you. How many have you experienced, and which is...