Camping is a great way to remind your kids how good they have it. We like to go without toys, TV, and electronic devices (except for mommy’s smart phone in case of a late night blogging emergency).
The kids are old enough that we can have an awful lot of fun now, but I have learned a few lessons that I am going to write down here so I can remember them later:
1. Hiking IS better when you wear a pink tiara and a matching necklace. In fact, everything is better. Hot dogs. Marshmallows. Peeing in the woods.
2. What ever you do, watch where your feet are going very carefully. Do NOT get injured if hiking with your kids…they will probably just leave you for dead.
3. If you let kids scream long enough, eventually they figure out how to make their own fun.
4. You have to let the daddy-long-leg spiders crawl all over you multiple times before kids will believe that they really are harmless. This is crucial if you are camping in a forest infested with daddy-long-legs. Whatever you do, do not flinch under any circumstance or you will have to start all over again with the crawling desensitization training.
5. Don’t argue with a four year old about catching grasshoppers. If he wants a grasshopper, just catch a dang grasshopper. It takes much less time and energy to just catch one than it does to have to deal with the crying, wailing, and repeated accusations of abandonment for the next several hours.
Next time, I will have to remember that first aid kit, though. Yikes.