Raising outdoor kids is more challenging than ever. With video games, Ipods and televisions, many kids become content to “veg out” inside. But moms are realizing the benefits of outdoor play. This week during our Camping Faves and Raves Week, we have shared some wonderful stories by outdoorsy moms and dads. So for our last post of Camping Faves and Rave Week, we are focusing on the kids.
Our outdoorsy family bloggers are sharing their favorite camping with kids posts with us today.
Camping With Kids
Tanya from Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies
This summer we headed out on our annual family backpacking trip and this time we decided to shake things up a bit. Rather than bringing Chariots to help ferry gear (and kids) we decided to bring canoes. Two canoes to be exact. Along with 7 adults, 1 teenager, 3 preschoolers, 1 toddler, a dog and a backcountry cat. We swam in glacial cold mountain water, hiked to waterfalls, paddled out to our own private beach, and had fires on the beach below our campsite. It was a fabulous weekend- so much so that we went out and bought our own canoe so that we could repeat this kind of backcountry trip every summer now…Read More.
Shared by Amelia from Tales of a Mountain Mama
Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the thoughts of BIG camping trips, that you forget that kids think even backyard camping is fun and a great-family memory-maker…Read More.
Alyssa from Kid Project
This is the first post in our series Camping Chronicles, discussing all things camping with kids. It was 2 a.m. Our oldest (age 3 at the time) woke up abruptly, announced, “Camping all done. Go home.” She was unmovable. We explained. We reasoned. And in the end, she screamed and cried. Which woke up the little brother (age 1). He was cold and unhappy. At least we think so…he couldn’t actually tell us this, but he screamed for nearly two hours before my husband got him to chill out and pass out…Ever wonder how on earth to keep your kids warm while camping during the night? Here are our odd ball tips. We lived to learn our lessons!…Read More.
Shared by Debi from Go Explore Nature
Until our road trip adventure last month, I’d only been camping beyond the backyard with my kids once- and then only for a night. And although the hubby and I have a lot of camping experience under our collective belts, we’re relatively new to camping with kids.
If you are like us, you might be a litle overwhelmed at the prospect of having to purchase gear to go camping with kids. The good news is, there are ways you can save. Here are three budget friendly tips for family camping …Read More.
Tips for Raising Outdoor Kids
- To raise an outdoor kid, start being an outdoor family.
- Start young. You will notice that our outdoor family bloggers began bringing their kids with them camping, hiking, biking, etc…at an early age.
- Change it up. Finding new outdoor adventures and activities keeps your kids interested and inspired. And it’s more fun for the parents as well.
- Don’t expect perfection. At the end of the day, remember that even the most outdoorsy moms face the same scenerios that you face with your children. Whining is universal.
- Bring good snacks and small toys. Bribery or just good parenting skills??
What’s your favorite way to get your kids or grandkids outdoors? What are some of your tips on how to encourage outdoor play?
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