I am very honored to welcome Rob to the blog today. He is a wealth of information when it comes to hiking with kids, and the first in a series of dads to join us here (because really this blog is about families, not just Mamas!) Please feel free to leave a comment for him (and us too!)
Make hiking gear
Children also can make their own hiking gear. Trekking poles and a utility belt to hold a water bottle and snacks don’t have to be purchased but can be constructed using materials you probably have in the yard or garage. Instructions for a number of these crafts can be found online.
Don’t call it a “hike.” Some kids think a “hike” means a death march through boring countryside. Instead, you are going on an “adventure,” an “expedition” or a “trek” – or say “we’re going to see a waterfall at the end of a trail.” For really hard to crack nuts say, “We’re walking to a pool where we’ll swim.” Now from the child’s point of view you’re not hiking but swimming. Finally, express your own wonderment and enthusiasm about nature. For younger children, it soon will be infectious.