What Children Do With Out Technology
In my experience when you take kids into the woods, they survive without all of the technology that we are surrounded by. They will actually use their imagination and play with each other. Children today seem to communicate more through their phones than in person. We love to see them working together, playing, and laughing. Although technology is part of our life, it's also important to get the kids disconnected from it once in awhile. This past weekend I was so happy to see the kids running through the woods, playing hide and seek, and making up games. I also witnessed them supporting each other and showing kindness. With everything we see on the news today, it's a blessing to witness the joy on children's faces from just simply being outdoors.
We encourage you to spend family time in nature. Take a hike together, camp out, or look for special events at your local State Park. My daughter and I have had the best conversations while walking in the woods. I promise you, even if they complain, you are making memories that they will cherish when they get older. We as the parent also need this disconnected time with our kids. Sometimes we get so busy with life we can overlook when our kids need a moment with us.
It doesn't matter whether they are five or fifteen, children of all ages can benefit from being out in nature. It's an opportunity to connect, teach, and have fun. Safety first, so do your homework on where you will be exploring. Make sure you always have enough water, food, map, first aid kit, and basic survival gear. Take this opportunity to teach your children about Leave No Trace Ethics, safety, and wildlife. Explore as a family and make memories!