Of course, junior will not agree to be left behind when you grownups go out to have fun. well, and there is no reason why you should not go hiking with him. In the Shenandoah National Park, in the Shasta and Trinity parks, you have seen families hiking, even with kids as young as three years old! You too can have great fun outdoors with your children.
Hiking with your children is one of the best ways to keep them in touch with the outdoors while still bonding with your children. However, hiking with your children can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you have a successful hiking trip with your children:
Make it sweet, fun and interesting!
Choose hikes that are short and easy for children. Pick a trail that will be exciting for the children; one with features that will keep the kids occupied and fascinated. You can even let the children help in choosing the place; this way they will get excited about it. A wide variety of flora and fauna on the trails you have chosen is welcome. Carry a pair of binoculars too for bird watching. Make it simple and fun.
Do not be in a hurry
They are children and they take their time. You should be ready to have time for kids when they decide to stop, stare and touch things. In an adventure outdoors, kids will be interested in sniffing flowers and touching new things along the way.
Stay alert - anything can happen
Being flexible and ready to tackle situation goes for any hike with or without children. Have a firstaid kit with kid-friendly items in it since some drugs might be too strong for the children. You should also carry extra clothes for the children in case the kids make their clothes too dirty, splash in the water or for when the weather changes suddenly.
Dress the kids in layers of clothes to avoid getting chilled during the hike. The clothes can also make good wind breaking items. Make sure that everyone has hats and gloves. You should get the appropriate hiking shoes depending on where you are going hiking.
Have many energy stops
You could choose to use the landmarks on your trail as points for energy stops. These stops could not only be for giving the children snacks for their energy but can also be used to motivate the kids to get to the places you promised them that they would energy stops. They will hurry to get to the energy stops and after enjoying their snacks they would be rejuvenated and ready to go on with the hike.
Bring their friends for good company
At some time in their life, kids like to spend a lot of their time with their friends. You could choose to get their friends to tag along with their parents’ permission of course, in order to make it more fun for them. They will even challenge one another and keep each other going for a very long time.
Make it fun - spot wildlife
You choose to sing camp songs with children to keep them engaged during the hike. You could play games with them that would allow you to keep them distracted and still moving, for example, the children can play a spotting game, where they can search for wildlife.
Do not reprimand your children for being slow. Instead, praise them and even give them gifts. Even if they are being slow, you should appreciate their every effort. This will keep them motivated and they could even try to be better.
Teach them about environmental conservation
You should not leave any litter on your trail; in fact, you should encourage the children to collect any litter they see on the way. This way you teach them the importance of the environment.
Go for many hikes
The more hikes you go with kids the easier it is going to be for them as they continue. Make sure your child's restless foot keeps walking. You can schedule a hike for every weekend.
With these tips, you are bound to have a successful hike full of fun.
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