If Your Kids Are Stubborn About Hiking…

Hiking makes me happy. It’s a rare chance for me to walk and talk with no obligations or responsibilities. It’s so different that the usual cycle of school, homework, classes and stress that I think of it as a reward, not a duty. But lately with the stress of junior year I just can’t find the time to hike. Or maybe I’m just too lazy? But I got to wondering: hiking does make me happy and I know it provides exercise that I need much more of, but why can’t I find the motivation to get out of my bed and take that stroll? So then I began to think: do parents in the Stroller Hikes community have trouble getting their kids to step out of the house with the tablets and electronics, and actually talk and walk? I know I may have been a little reluctant to be honest…

As a teenager I can understand a bit of both perspectives and both parts of the struggle. On one side I’m still just a child; I don’t want to have to go outside because it’s so cold, it takes too much energy, I’m just tired… But on the other side I understand the parent, who just wants what’s good for the child…

So I’ve promised my mom we’ll go hiking to witness the beautiful autumn leaves, which I had somehow been totally oblivious to until she had pointed it out. And after some digging I found an article that may help any parents with stubborn kids like me: http://www.wta.org/go-outside/kids/how-to/top-ten-tips-for-hiking-with-reluctant-kids. (Essentially, first gradually adjust your children to the outdoors through small strolls at first, and continually make the stroll enjoyable and fun for them; ask them what they want and create activities that align with their interests and personalities. But overall, just remember to stay positive and simply get them outdoors more, whether you’re hiking, strolling or simply admiring the scenery!)

Also feel free to reply back and let me know if you have trouble getting your kids to go hiking, and if you have any suggestions on any newsletters to write. (I’m running out of ideas haha) whether it’s advice on getting your kids to hike or any other topic you’re curious about; I’m open to anything! 🙂

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