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7 Reasons I Take My Kids Hiking!

Hiking is one of my favorite activities. I would hike every day if I had the time. So naturally, I love taking my kids hiking. But it hasn't always been easy bringing, sometime dragging, the kids along. I have had to make some adjustments, but I believe it is worth the effort and time.
7 Reasons To Take Your Kids Hiking!
Some hikes end up with tantrums. Can you relate?
So here are 7 reasons I take my kids hiking:
7 Reasons To Take Your Kids Hiking!

We learn to enjoy the journey. Sometimes there are spectacular destinations and sometime there aren't, but either way there are simple beauties to be enjoyed along the way. Much like life, it's more about the journey than the destination.

Kids can see the results of hard work. Hiking can be hard work but the rewards are often beautiful experiences. My son loves bridges so I love finding trails with bridges for him.
7 Reasons To Take Your Kids Hiking!

We learn endurance. This goes hand-in-hand with hard work but takes it a step further. Hiking can be a good way to teach kids to keep going even when they think they can't or when they don't want to. Then, when they reach their destination you can celebrate their effort.
7 Reasons To Take Your Kids Hiking!
My 1.5 year old daughter hiked a mile all by herself that day. 
Great opportunity for technology-free time together. So take time to talk and enjoy being together.

Explore and discover nature together. Hiking provides endless opportunities to explore nature. I love seeing the look in my children's eyes when they see a butterfly or pick a wildflower. They never get tired of exploring.
7 Reasons To Take Your Kids Hiking!

Great way to exercise. It is very important to me for my kids to know that exercise is more than going to a gym, it is part of an active lifestyle.

Hiking is just plain fun.

Here are some tips from fellow bloggers on hiking with kids:

What are your tips for hiking with kids?

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24 comments:

  1. Wow... incredible insights! Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I wish all parents could read this!!

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  2. I love this post, really enjoy when people understand how important outdoor family time is. I totally agree with you that it teaches children hard work equals good results. Lovely post.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words.

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  3. Really great post -- I pinned this. Kids love hiking so much more than we expect them to sometimes :). Nature is new and exciting to them... and what better time to culture a love of the outdoors?

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    1. Thanks for pinning. Catch them while their young, so hopefully it won't be as much of a challenge when they are teenagers.

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  4. There is nothing as beneficial for children as being in the great outdoors. I agree:)

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  5. What a great way to get outdoors with your children but like you said must be quite hard work at times. Nice to get out in that fresh air and chat though and I would have to find some trails with bridges too, a great reward :) #countrykids

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    1. Thanks. Last year my son decided he wasn't going to hike anymore. But this year he is really enjoying it. Mostly because I am better at finding little things to make it more exciting.

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  6. Oh what an inspiring post! My husband would love to take the boys hiking! Now I'm convinced! #countrykids

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    1. That's the best thing anyone has ever said to be on this blog. Thank you. I hope you & your family enjoy hiking.

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  7. I can easily see why you love hiking, good exercise and beautiful surroundings. Some valuable life lessons being taught too, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. No problem. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Experiencing nature together is reason enough to go out. As a family we always try to walk/hike together.There's something intimate when you are in the same space w/o fighting but helping each other and being there when the hike gets harder. I just know that I can count on my husband on hard times as he always smile when the going gets tough on our hikes =) #countrykids

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    1. That is so sweet. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I'm a big fan of taking the kids hiking too. I dragged the eldest up Shetland's 5th largest hill the other day and despite his whinging and whining about how exhausted he was and how much he thought he was going to die he was so glad he did it when he got to the top and saw the fabulous views. :)

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    1. Funny how that works. Once kids see the results, they love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Gosh, I love love LOVE hiking. Just can't get enough of it. Our four year old is trying really hard right now to keep up and he loves succeeding. Alas, I have torn something in my ankle and I was so disappointed to limit myself on our camping trip this weekend.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. Hope it heals soon.

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  11. Great insights on hiking! So awesome your little hiked so far that day! My little guy gets antsy after a mile! Thanks for linking to my hiking post, as well!

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    1. No problem. It is a great post.

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  12. Connecting with nature and getting away from the devices are big for me. So much technology and noise in the city, it's nice to hear the flowing stream and the wind.

    We just picked up a kid pack from REI so I am excited to get out this week. Maybe today if all works out.

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    1. Getting a nice kid carrier was the best decision we made for outdoor equipment. Everyone is more comfortable and less irritable. Thanks for stopping by.

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