Many of us have fond memories of our parents taking us camping as children and would like to pass on this experience to our children but are a little daunted by what we see as the unknown, particularly if it has been a while since we last went camping.
The best thing to remember is that children like simple things best and even if they are used to video games and tv they are still captivated by the basics such as learning how to start and use a camp fire or a walk at sunset to see the changing light.
Too many of us see children as people we need to entertain or manage rather than as little eyes that are constantly watching for what it is we do and find joy in.
Hate your job?
Then this is what you are teaching your kids.
Constantly short of money and living in credit?
This is what you are teaching your kids.
Everything we do they watch, even when they are pretending not to.
Get back to basics even if it means changing your job or your income.
Your kids are there to provide you with an opportunity to look at your life and ask yourself “Is this really what I want to be doing as an example?”
Camping with children allows us to take out the clutter from our lives and laugh together at the simple things like catching yabbies in the creek, learning how to be careful with fishooks and knives, being considerate of other campers at night with noise, how to set up tents and swags, waking before the sun rises and going for a walk on the beach, taking a boat out on the river and learning about water and currents and tides and swimming, how to be patient and flexible when the fish aren’t biting or the weather turns to rain, and the million other little things that are what camping is all about.
In the end it is probably not even about camping as much as it is about the basics in life and how short a time we get to enjoy our role as teachers of these little spirits.
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