10 Reasons to Go Hiking With Toddlers
As you probably have already learned, parenthood is no easy journey. We all have busy working schedules; time frames that get overstretched with the birth of a baby.
You, because of this, dedicate little to no time for fun and leisure. But all of that can change when you find the ideal hiking spot, buy some gear, and bring along some great company. Believe me, there is no greater feeling in the world than when hiking with toddlers and I will tell you why.
How EVERYONE Benefits From Hiking with Toddlers…
Here are some of the primary benefits you’ll get from hiking with your kids:
1. Helps you step out of your comfort zone
Being a parent is interesting because of its many pros and cons. Unfortunately, parenthood confines you to your home after the birth of a baby. You then fall out of sync with the world rendering you a hillbilly of sorts.
The good news, however, is that hiking with a toddler helps you step out of your comfort zone making you meet other like-minded parents. Hiking also helps you introduce your baby to the external space.
2. Helps build a bond that is never easy to break
You can never pull asunder a family that fellowships together. Hiking, for the record, is an incredible way of building a bond with your kids.
Remember, a toddler, too has, an intelligent mind; a mind that keeps a record of the good and ugly.
Therefore, hiking with toddlers can help create lasting memories for you and your children (assuming they are quadruplets!).
3. Gives you all the motivation you need to hit your fitness goals
We always want the best for us and our kids, right? Unfortunately, you can only be at your best if you do your best to be the best.
Parenting, to be blunt, takes a toll on your body leaving you fat and lazy. However, hiking with toddlers can help you beat your fears, step out of your comfort zone, and work hard towards achieving your fitness goals. It doesn’t matter what season it is, even hiking in the winter is great for your health.
Basically, there is no greater motivation than what you get when your child is looking on.
Whether you’re a single parent looking to connect with someone new or you are just out to make new friends, hiking with toddlers is an incredible ice breaker. Your child will have so much to see and do that you’ll always have something to talk about.
Toddlers are naturally curious, and because they’ll be the center of attention during your hike, socializing will be so much less awkward
5. Offers physical and psychological relief
All men and women get born free. That means you can go anywhere you want and at whatever time you like.
Freedom, as you will later on realize, is a godsend. It allows you to view life from a different angle, get fresh air, and with it gain some new perspectives.
For the record, hiking is a good way for you and your child to get out of a rather depressing situation.
6. Helps you learn
What do you and your kids gain from hiking? Well, hiking exposes you and your children to the natural environment. Remember, most of us live in an urban jungle filled with concrete monuments that no longer excite the eyes.
Therefore, hiking turns out to be an experience out of the ordinary given that you all get exposed to wildlife. You, apart from learning about different flora and fauna, gain basic survival skills; principles that toddlers get a grasp of too.
They can also learn all about basic survival skill like how to use a compass for hiking, or setting up a camp site, how to prepare for a hike, the different types of hiking, what gear to use. There are a ton of things they can learn about without ever realizing they are “learning” something useful.
7. Nurtures character
Whoever said bad character corrupts good morals was no fool. Trust me, no one wishes to birth a fool, leave alone raise one.
Therefore, you need to set a good example for your children and hiking with them tops the list.
Hiking, as you will later on realize, nurtures character. It not only builds self-confidence but also makes you and kids feel accomplished when they reach the top.
More so, you all learn how to persevere through adversity and it is these life skills that go a long way towards ensuring you all survive in this cruel world.
8. Gives you more fun than you can handle
Babies are God’s gift to humanity. They not only fill our hearts with love but also joy.
Kids, while growing up experience increased bursts of energy, a never-ending supply that has to get suppressed every day.
Hiking with toddlers, to set the record straight, can help advance your agenda. It offers your baby with an opportunity to play with other kids and explore the world.
You also get to benefit because your child comes home tired and spent meaning he sleeps “like a baby” for the rest of the night.
9. Boosts creativity
Hiking is a fun-filled activity that overstretches your creativity. It forces you to think out of the box as you find ways of solving complex problems.
Creativity in toddlers also spikes to unprecedented levels as they play. They, from the get-go, have to find ways of keeping themselves entertained.
10. Keeps you healthy, wealthy, and wise
Your health is your wealth. Staying indoors for long is not good for your health. It cocoons you into an isolated lifestyle making you spend long and lonely days alone.
From a psychological standpoint, loneliness yields stress and depression, two ingredients that make you miserable.
The good news, however, is that hiking with your kid gives you an instant release from all the pressures of life, a relief also felt by infants.
Hiking with toddlers may not be common but is essential for anyone looking for a way to strengthen the bond between parent and child.
It not only makes you the best parent there is but also cultivates a culture of responsibility in your kids and a love of nature that they will have for their whole life.