Before we had kids, my husband and I loved to hike together. Now we have two daughters (3.5 years and 14 months in ages), and we still love to be outside to walk and hike as a family. Yes, there are challenges, and yes, it's different from hiking just as two adults.
However, hiking and taking walks with small children can be really fun. Here are some of the things we've learned to help us enjoy these times outside being active with our kids.
But why would you do this with children that young?
I know what you might be thinking: "That sounds difficult and frustrating, and you will not get anywhere!"
We had times where we felt like that too. Then we asked ourselves a simple question:
"Why do we like walking and hiking?"
When you ask yourself this question, some obvious answers could be:
Focus on the little discoveries, not the big trail
It turns out that we can accomplish all of the above points with our children. Especially with the discovery of something new or beautiful, children actually enrich the experience. Kids discover things all the time. By slowing the whole process down, you are more likely to find and take the time to rescue the lonely turtle out of a puddle.
Even the *getting exercise* part can be enriched, as you will add different movements to your walk by...
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