Holidays are time off for the kids and it’s a great time for them to play, have fun, run around, learn from nature and travel too. Covid-19 and the lockdown has restricted children a lot. The new age gadgets and technology have also encouraged kids to be couch potatoes rather than jumping, screaming and playful kids. Physical activities have taken a back seat in the last decade among kids and a lot more in the last two years, it’s time to break that cycle by taking our children out camping.
Camping is a great way for kids to come out of the shell, detox from technology and enjoy the little joys of life while in the lap of nature for a day or two or more.
- It’s cool – Most of us went on our first camp in school perhaps as part of the Scouts and Guides movement. There was unease and scares in the air as it was something foreign to us. Our children can have a new experience of camping with their parents and family. That familiar combined with an experience amidst nature will be very rewarding.
- Bonding time – It is a great opportunity for you both to enjoy the each others company. It is also a time to get rid of “mom or dad” mode and to let your hair down. Play camp fire games, roast some marshmallows, sing some camp fire songs or whatever you guys enjoy as a family. Make some wonderful memories with your children.
- Reveal your true self – Very often in the daily rush of things we tend to portray to our children the strict parent we are. This is not the true us as we are trying to get things done as well as instill discipline with our kids. When we are out with our spouse or friends, we are a totally different person. Camping is a good time to acquaint your children with the side of you they rarely get to me. Surely the fun you will be refreshing for them to come across.
- Explore the outdoors – Who better to help your children as they progress from baby to child to help acquaint them with nature than you, their parents. The stars above, the green trees around, the sound of crickets, birds in the nest and the wind whooshing is all part of the ambience and discovery for you and your family when you guys are out camping. This trip will be fun, fulfilling and refreshing all at the same time.
- Lessons for life – Your children can learn the 101s of survival – how to light a fire, basic cooking on the fire, how to pitch a tent, how to gather firewood, to differentiate the sounds of nature, to answer nature’s call amidst nature and drink from a natural river or stream. These were all part of rustic life which our grandparents were aware of and our parents got to do on trips to the native place. For our children we can refresh that with a camp helping them reacquaint us and them with what is lost.
Time to book a camping trip for the coming weekend and head out with your kids helping them to grow and know more about the world they live in – Mother Earth.