Our kids love Alaska. Pretty much since we got here, our kids have been asking us continually if we have to move again. It’s one of the reasons why we are staying here in this amazing state. But it seems to be a popular question that I get from people: “Do your kids like Alaska? What is there to do in Alaska?” Well…that’s why this blog was born. Alaska is a kids’ paradise – the best way to grow up in my opinion. Yes, there are disadvantages…but there is so much opportunity. And our kids love Alaska. Truly. So I decided to do a quick interview session of each of my kids and ask them what they love most about our state.
Child 1: James
First up is James. He is finishing up first grade and loves to explore and learn about nature. He has made some incredible friends up here, and we’ve found that the homeschool support group up here is absolutely amazing. It’s been such an asset to his schooling, and we are excited to take advantage of that in the future as well. I asked him to tell me what his favorite parts of Alaska were. It made me smile to listen to what he said. The first thing he declared as his favorite was “all the dangerous wildlife.” I struggled to contain my laughter. I love the wildlife, but I prefer not to have a run-in with danger! He also said super long winters (which is something that most people worry about in Alaska!), the beautiful flowers, and watching the bald eagles fly. Then at the end he mentioned that he loves the long nights in winter and the long days in summer. It is pretty amazing to see both sides, and we are always excited to go into Northern Lights season and then transfer over to the Midnight Sun season! That’s a score of 1 of 3 for kids love Alaska.
Child 2: Jed
Next up is Jed. He’s in preschool and we’ve been able to watch this child grow up in so much confidence since moving to Alaska! We are so grateful for this blessing and the support system this child has. He is truly happiest when he’s in the wild – and what better place to be in the wild than Alaska? After I asked James his favorite parts of living in Alaska, Jed practically begged me to ask him! Obviously I did. His response to the best part of Alaska was – living in Alaska. It made me smile. He also said that he loved getting to camp lots and watching the salmon in the rivers. He continued that he loved having lots of snow for playing in, as well as enjoyed finding all the spring and fall rainbows that this land blesses us with. It made me smile to hear about what the kids are observing. If you had asked me what I love about Alaska, I would likely have forgotten about the rainbows. But he’s right – we get the most glorious rainbows here! That’s a score of 2 of 3 for kids love Alaska!
Child 3: Jules
And finally we have Jules. She’s our toddler who isn’t really a toddler anymore and a little firecracker. Even though she’s little, she’s extremely articulate so I was very curious to see what sort of things she would come up with about Alaska. She definitely did not disappoint. Her answer was huskies, dogs, dog sledding, and the Iditarod. In case you can’t tell, she’s a fan of the official state sport of Alaska. That’s a score of 3 of 3 for kids love Alaska!
Verdict: Kids Love Alaska
So there you have it. If you were EVER worried about whether or not kids love Alaska, they truly do! The community, environment, and opportunity that the children are given in this land are better than any other place that we’ve lived. And we are so grateful that we can raise our children here – in the wild of the Last Frontier.