by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:23 pm
by butitsadryheat » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:36 pm
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:42 pm
I think now that most kids are too attached to the electronics, and don't want to put them down.
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:44 pm
Dingus Milktoast wrote:Find the parts of your adventures that DOES entice them, then entice them with that.
by SpiderSavage » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:49 pm
by liferequiresair » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:58 pm
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:27 pm
SpiderSavage wrote:I've been through 3 kids this way plus plenty of Boy Scouts, who dropped out.
Ask them what they want to do and try to deliver it.
Most kids can't tell you where they want to go even though they've been there. They don't keep track of where they are and what places are called. I handle this by asking questions like, "Would you like to go to the Forest? River? Lake? Have them describe the landscape they would like to see.
Part of my success was due to convincing my whole family to willingly give up cable television in the early 1990's. I would read to my kids from adventure books like Harry Potter then translate that into real life adventures. My son and I once did a "Lord of the Rings" overnight hike up Millard Canyon carrying only a blanket, some lembas (power bar) and a few magic items like lighter and flashlight. My grown children thank me repeatedly for freeing them from the slave box.
The problem with TV is it tells you what to do. Constant suggestions that you must have this or that act as "suggestions" that eventually take hold of the mind no matter how much you resist.
There is much much more but I'm not writing a book right now.
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:29 pm
My parents dragged my brother and I up so many trails with
"Another piece of candy at the next corner."
Just don't force them... too much. They'll thank you later.
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:30 pm
Dingus Milktoast wrote:SoCalHiker wrote:Dingus Milktoast wrote:Find the parts of your adventures that DOES entice them, then entice them with that.
That's what I am trying to do, find routes with a minimal "boring" approach but fun adventure "stuff". But it's a drag.
Thanks Dingus. I always envied your pictures and reports with your kids.
Forget about the routes. Jus take them out Adventurneering, and let the trails come to you!
by Vladislav » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:35 pm
by SoCalHiker » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:44 pm
Vladislav wrote:Good topic and posts!
I have been wondering the same thing. My daughter is now a year and a half. She has already "climbed" two SPS peaks and a lot of smaller hills. She loves to be outdoors. Still I realize the challenge that lies ahead. I realize that at some point it will be much much harder to convince her to join me for a walk in the hills. I am already thinking hard about what I should do to keep her interested.
This is also a part of a larger question of raising kids without them becoming dependent on all the electronic paraphernalia of mordern life.
We don't have a TV. We keep the number of electronic devices at home to a bare minimum. Most of her toys do not make annoying sounds and do not flash with multicolored lights. We read a lot to her and tell her stories. Still sometimes I think we are not doing enough...
I am thinking about creating a sort of a challenge for her to keep her interested in sports and outdoors. Like climbing all SPS peaks or learning to play tennis well enough to beat her dad, etc. She already is a member of SP: http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=59924 Sometimes I am afraid I am overdoing it.
I would love to hear more from people with older kids. What works and what doesn't? Should I try harder to steer her the way I think is best or will it only turn her away from all this when adolescence rolls in? As in everything, it is so hard to strike the right balance. Share your stories, please!
by Miroslava » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Dingus Milktoast wrote:I want to warn you Luddites about forcing an e-ban on your kids... you make them at once special in a good way and special in a bad way.
When they are teenagers they aren't going to forget all the cool shows and events you caused them to miss.
When they are 30-something they may come to appreciate it. Maybe not.
Just remember what it was like to be a kid.
ps. You cannot make your kids pariah just so they will fall in love with outdoors. THEY have a generation the same was as you do. Its theirs and you CANNOT take it away. Don't try...
by moonspots » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:15 pm
SpiderSavage wrote:...Part of my success was due to convincing my whole family to willingly give up cable television in the early 1990's. I would read to my kids from adventure books like Harry Potter then translate that into real life adventures. My son and I once did a "Lord of the Rings" overnight hike up Millard Canyon carrying only a blanket, some lembas (power bar) and a few magic items like lighter and flashlight. My grown children thank me repeatedly for freeing them from the slave box...
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