Hi there! Sorry about my missing last Tuesday… we were camping.
Which leads me to my Try-This-At-Home tip for today. Go camping.
We try to go every summer. Before kids, we camped in a tent. After kids, we rent a cabin. However you can manage it, you and your family should do it. Here are some benefits to camping (definitely not all-inclusive):
- memories. some of my favorite memories from childhood are camping / traveling memories and they are meaningful and wonderful. even things that don’t go right end up being things you’ll laugh about later.
- no phone, no TV, no computer, etc. it’s a great break from the technology that can end up running our lives at home.
- fun. laughter. play. the joy of shared experiences as a family. and not having to worry about the ever-present to-do list related to the house.
- dirt. every kid needs to get dirty – and I mean really dirty – once in a while.
- seeing strangers’ kids misbehave. it brings a certain perspective to your life.
- at the very least, it’ll give you some fun pictures to scrapbook!
And I’ll give you my three best camping tips to get you started:
- make a list of all the things you’ll need. then file it away and use it next year. this is most helpful if when you get home you add to it all the things you forgot.
- if you’re new to camping and you have small children, check out a Jellystone campground near you.
- remember that camping IS relaxing, but not the same kind of relaxing that you experienced on your honeymoon to Cancun. there’s some work involved. but the kids will love it and you might even be able to tackle that book you’ve been wanting to read while they’re having fun making mud pies.
So go ahead and camp. You’ll never forget it.