First Camping with a Toddler

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family and get back to nature. But camping can also be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to plan for kids who have never gone camping before. When your little one starts hitting the terrible twos, and threes take them to nature. Mentally, it can be hard to imagine a tantrum in a crowded campground but what you all experience is priceless.

Recently we had a chance to go on camping adventure with our 31 m.o daughter. We knew what to expect and it went quite well.

It seems that every outdoors enthusiast who has kids, has one goal: to get their kids to love the outdoors as much as they do. This is probably true not just for outdoors people but also sports fans, various athletes or anyone with a serious hobby.

So it is not a surprise that I really hope my kids will love being outdoors, at least as much as I do. I have been waiting to take my daughter camping ever since she was born (maybe even before).

Raising a toddler is a full on roller coaster, day-to-day and even hour-to-hour. They are happy, then mad and everything in between. After some time, we all learn some tricks to tame the tantrums and we move on with our day. Imagine taking this show on the road and confined to a tent can be a mental stretch, but it’s worth it and I’ve learned that camping with a toddler is worth the few “moments” in between.

First of all, WHY drive hours into the mountains, with a little one to hang around some trees and sleep on the ground? I can’t answer that for everybody, but for myself and for my family, it’s a big part of our childhood and we wanted to keep the tradition alive. There is an amazing feeling raising kids and seeing things through their eyes for the first time. Camping is loaded with new experiences for them.

While it’s easy to think of ways to teach our kids to do laundry or solve math problems, finding a way to instill important character traits isn’t as simple. The way we model traits we want our children to exhibit has a powerful influence on them, and some traits (kindness, gratitude, and generosity) they learn first and foremost from parents.

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