If you have young kids, you might know the looks and the sighs you get when you suggest a family hike in the woods.
But a hike with your kids doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. The wilderness.org website has some great tips for the next time you want to get the kids out of the cabin.
Pick an interesting route that’s a reasonable distance, with plenty of natural features. Hiking with kids should be about exploring, after all. And if the kids feel less pressure to go a certain distance, giving them time to check out streams, large trees and waterfalls, they might just relax and have fun.
Some other helpful tips: Have the kids dress in layers. Pack a kit with supplies and energy snacks. Rotate the group’s leader, so each hiker gets to take a turn in setting the pace. And do whatever you can to keep things positive, even if some of the hikers start to complain.
Making a hike a regular part of your family routine when you are out in the woods will make it seem like less of a chore. And who knows, your kids might actually start to look forward to it!
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