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Resumo da Biografia Before we had children, my husband and I loved to go on long hikes on the weekends. What a great tool to clear your mind and get away from it all (that was before everyone had smart phones and you could actually 'disconnect' in the woods). We took our kids with us in front-packs when they were only a few weeks old and then moved on to kiddie backpacks. Then as they got older, we needed to get creative to get them excited about our outings.

1. Don't Call It a Hike

We learned very quickly if we called our hike a 'hike', no one wanted to go with us. Try using other words like adventure, journey, or outing. They catch on pretty quickly, but then it becomes a family joke.

2. Find a Circuit Route

Our kids were pretty good about going forward, so we would try to find a route that took us in a big circle. We could hike 3 or 4 miles with very few complaints using this method. However, sometimes it's not possible to do this since the 'adventure' will either be too short or too long. If we walked for 2 miles and simply turned around to go back, the kids were suddenly exhausted and couldn't walk another step. We found that we needed to work a little harder (e.g. sneakier) and find a clever spot to loop around so it was harder to tell that we were heading back.

3. Sing, Play Games and Tell Stories

Doing something with your family is really about connecting with each other, but sometimes kids need a little help to get through the day. Little distractions along the way are great to keep everyone moving. We used to sing the kid's favorite songs, recite parts from their favorite stories or books, or play the ABC game (name something you see in the woods for every letter of the alphabet).

4. Go Where There Is Something To See Or Do

This can vary depending on what you family gets excited about. When our children were little, we would walk to a clearing and have lunch and play Duck, Duck, Goose. Sometimes we would go to a State Park that had a playground as our surprise destination. As our children got older, we would target overlooks or observation towers with views of rivers or train tracks (sometimes getting lucky enough to see a train on the tracks). Ending the hike near a beach, river, or stream can also be a fun reward on a hot summer day.

5. A Tasty Treat To Keep You Going

Little snacks along the way and a fun place to stop for lunch can also help keep children motivated. It's always fun to search for the perfect big rock to sit on for lunch. It's just another part to the adventure. On some of those really hot days, just the thought of stopping for an ice cream cone on the drive back home was enough to keep everyone moving.

hiking in British Columbia that my children are older, it's harder to find a day when everyone is free to go out for a hike. However, when it happens, we all seem to get transported back to those early family adventures. We remember some of the crazy moments like getting stung by a bee, stepping on a cactus during a beach hike, seeing bear cubs and Momma Bear by the Delaware Water Gap, and Dad screaming when he thought he saw a mountain lion on a hike in Colorado. We also remember all the time we spent singing, playing, talking, and just spending time together as a family. Create some happy memories hiking with your family - you'll be happy you did!