Do your kids have more energy than you know what to do with? Taking your children on a hike with you in Door County is a great way for everyone to get some exercise. Here are some things you need to take into consideration before you go out and end up with too much whining.
Ask your kids where they want to hike.
This is an opportunity to let your kids feel empowered. When they are a part of the decision process it can make the day fun for everyone. If the trail they suggest is too difficult, tell them why and suggest something a little easier or shorter.
Hike at a slower pace.
They may seem like they have all the energy in the world at home, but they can get tired just like you do. Make sure you take frequent stops so that everyone can rest together. A tired kid can become a crabby one really fast. Be prepared to turn around or carry the kids if the hike is too long. It can happen.
Pack fun and healthy snacks.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are cheap and always a big hit! Hiking can use lots of energy and children need to replenish more frequently than adults. Healthy snacks could be nuts, dried fruits or even gummy snacks. Be careful with trail mixes or anything with chocolate because it can melt on a warm day. Snacks are also a great way to motivate everyone to reach an awesome overlook so you can rest and snack.
Tell your children stories.
Along the hike your kids will either end up getting tired or bored with the hike. Here is a way you can distract them from that. While you are soaking in the sights with them, remember to tell them fun facts to keep them entertained. This could be taking them to a cool spot along the trail that has some history or even telling old stories of when you were a kid.
Create a scavenger hunt.
This is a fun and easy way to keep the kids occupied and motivated through the entire day. This is as simple as creating a fun list of items that they can find in nature. They can mark off things on their list and throw it in their backpack. Kids love searching for things!
Make sure you keep some water bottles handy for everyone. Be mindful of your kids if you are passing a stream or any body of water. Unless you have a portable water filter, don't let them drink from natural water sources. They could end up getting very sick. So only drink water that you are certain is safe to drink.
Always ask if they have to use the bathroom.
This one is simple, but effective. It's easy for boys to pee in the woods, but when it comes to girls, that's another story. Make sure you are aware of bathrooms in the area. Everyone is happier when they don't have to sprint to the bathroom... or worse! We've all been there.
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