Five Great Benefits of Camping For Parents With Kids Over Two Years Old
Hannah Tong shares excellent tips on camping with children in this story. The stresses of the modern world can clutter people’s lives with unnecessary worry. Real camping experiences (i.e. camping out in a tent, not a motel room) can help relieve some of this stress and promote family bonding. Camping can also help family members grow spiritually, establish a deeper sense of community, and acquire a better understanding of nature. Listed below are five great benefits to motivate you to take your family camping more often.
1. Good for health
Although living indoors has lengthened life expectancy, the practice has not necessarily increased the quality of life. Most people take advantage of the environment, forgetting that they are a part of nature, not separate from it. Taking camping adventures helps reunite you and your children with nature and remind you of healthy habits your family should practice more often. Most people spend more time indoors than they do outside, so it’s no surprise that the fresh air could benefit everyone in your family. The woods and the countryside offer fresher air than a stuffy house, and the air quality gets better the further you are away from large cities and towns. Breathing in some fresh air could particularly benefit anyone with respiratory conditions (like asthma).
Besides adding some color and stocking the body on vitamin D, sun exposure benefits the body by helping it return to its natural sleep-wake cycle. Devices that emit artificial blue lights alter one’s natural cycle, or circadian rhythm, and decrease the quality of sleep. It seems that sleeping conditions, among other things, improve with some exposure to the outdoors. Getting adequate sleep benefits various parts of the mind and body. Perhaps the greatest benefit of vacationing in the woods is avoiding some common vacation-related stresses like taking long road trips or following full schedules. Additionally, since access to technology (and, consequently, the rest of the world) is limited, the stress of time limits and schedules fades away.
Children can find plenty of outdoor activities to preoccupy their time and help their minds and bodies grow. Being outdoors is also a great time to escape the empty calories of convenient meals and provide an opportunity to learn more about healthy food choices.
2. Helps families bond
Most families do not spend enough quality time together, so camping could be the perfect chance for family members to communicate and relate to each other. Creating a campsite is a lot of responsibility, and maintaining that temporary living environment sometimes requires everyone to participate. Everyone enjoying the fun should play a role; find a way to pitch in. People tend to interact more in small living quarters with limited distractions. In this way, taking camping trips can provide numerous opportunities for children (and parents) to spend some quality time with them and build a community. This community building can start as early as the planning of the trip. Setting up the camp can also be a great time for family members to enjoy time together before joining in-group activities.
Most people get so caught up in themselves that they forget what it’s like to show an interest in other people. They also forget the importance of spending time alone and getting to know them.
3. Builds focus
Attention spans seem to decrease more every year, and children lose interest in things that are not related to video games or television shows. (Some parents think that one of the biggest benefits of camping is getting away from modern technology.) Not only does technology negatively affect sleep quality, but it hinders people’s ability to focus and remember. By eliminating distractions and the tendency to multitask, family members can focus more on their current surroundings and attend to each other’s needs. Camping is a great way for people to rid their minds of commitments and focus on interacting with those in the present. A stimulating environment helps keep the mind alert and ready to learn.
4. Sparks curiosity
Interacting with environments different from the ones people are used to require them to adapt in different ways. While outdoors, people must learn to do things they do not normally do, like use fire to roast a hotdog. One of the reasons camping can be so fun for children is because they (eventually) become interested in observing and learning about their surroundings. Children aspire to be like their parents, particularly before they become teenagers. Basic camping activities like fishing, picking berries, and swimming in a lake are all fun activities for you to enjoy with your children. Taking a hike or going on a nature walk can also be great ways to encourage children to learn. Survival skills are not exactly taught in the classroom, and without the guidance of their parents, children might never learn them.
Showing children what you know about the wildlife will not only impress them; it will inspire them to want to learn more of what you know. Tent building and starting a fire are two skills they can acquire just in helping to set up the camp. Many parents think that camping encourages their children to learn about the outdoors as well as in the classroom. Parents who regularly camp out with their children find that the experience has a positive effect on their education. Perhaps they interact in the classroom more because children are excited about sharing their camping experiences with their friends.
5. Inspires a connection with nature
A week in the woods could be the perfect solution for detaching from and taking advantage of nature. Most parents think that camping helps children develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors. The modern world tends to distract us from more important things (like relating to each other). Escape from that world could be just what you need to feel more like one who came from nature. Establishing a connection with nature are sure to make camping a family tradition that everyone looks forward to.
Parents and their children could reap social, spiritual, and physical benefits from spending more time outdoors. Helping your children establish a connection with nature should help motivate them to learn about nature.
Hannah Tong is the founder of Omaby.com, a blog dedicated to providing accurate advice to mothers regarding childcare. She loves taking care of her kids and teaching them the right things. She is also enthusiastic and loves sharing her experiences to teach others about how to care for their families’ health. Check the latest article (Is It Safe To Do Yoga While Pregnant?) here.