Should you take your child along when you are going on a hike? Well, children will naturally be enthusiastic about spending time in natural surroundings like a forest or a jungle.
However, when they find that the hiking trail is nothing more than a small path between the trees and that there is no excitement whatsoever, they may quickly start cribbing and complaining. What precautions should you take to ensure that the child escape entertained throughout?
You should distribute the hiking equipment in such a manner that there is at least one person who does not have any equipment to carry. This will leave that person free to take care of the child. Of course, you can switch the equipment on a regular basis to make sure that nobody gets too tired. However, having somebody free to take care of the child will help avoid problems.
Secondly, you can try and keep the child involved. You can appoint the child as your direction manager and you can hand over the compass. Of course, you should have a compass in your hand as well to make sure that you stay on track if the child drops or breaks the device. However, if you allow the child to walk just behind you and give you updates on the direction, the child may feel that it is an important part of the expedition and would be pleased.
You can add a bit of spice to the plan and you can encourage the child to imagine that you are on search for lost treasure. You can even have a few treats up your sleeve and proceed ahead and burry it at the right spot when you stop for a break.
This will add a bit of fun to the hiking trail when you find your child excited about something as small as finding chocolates hidden in the path.