My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
|Sharing the outdoors with your children is a very special part of being a parent. Before you go, it's important to teach your children how to be safe in the woods. It's also up to you to make sure that every outing is appropriate for your child's ability and interest level. You should always pace your hike to the slowest person, which for families is often the youngest child.
The first step to having an enjoyable hike with your child is being prepared. Educate yourself. Have the proper gear and know how to use it.
Keep the hike fun for children. Choose a route that will be interesting for them with frequent views or waterfalls. And teach the the principles of Leave No Trace to make them responsible hikers at a young age.
Teach your children how to stay safe in a situation where they are separated from the group or find themselves lost off the trail. There are several things that you can teach your children to keep them out of danger and improve their chances of reuniting with you if that happens:
Stress to your children that you aren't going to be angry with them for getting lost; you just want them to use what they've been taught so they can be found safely.