Thursday, August 9, 2012

Camping and Vacationing as Your Family Grows

Written by Melanie from A Year of Jubilee Reviews for GummyLump.com 

There seems to be a natural progression in camping with children. As a young couple with only one small child we were able to squeeze into a small pup tent, cook on the open fire, enjoy the nature walks all while being oblivious to the bugs, humidity and lack of sleep!! Ah, to be young again. 
Tips for Camping with Kids and Family



As we added one or two more children we upgraded to a larger tent. Our now larger vehicle could hold the sleeping bags, camp stove, extra play tent to keep the bugs at bay, comfy folding chairs, toys for entertaining the kids, and easy to prepare foods. 

Add in a couple more kids the new tent is a 2 room with a small tunnel connecting the two. A concocted heating unit to keep some of the dew off of us in the morning, and bug zappers to ward off those nasty biters. Bikes added in for entertaining kids. Needing the car topper just to help hold a weekend’s supplies with 4 or 5 children. A zoning Mom and Dad from lack of sleep, and the incredible work load of going camping with a car full of children for the weekend. Somehow this isn’t the carefree camping of days gone by. 

Upgrade, camping in a cabin!! Ahh, much better.  Beds provided, flush toilet, stove and refrigerator. Air conditioning. TV!! Looking out the window to see raccoons trying to steal the remains of lunch, walking to the beach across the street. Being able to clean up the beach sand in a running shower. 

Enter 6th child. "Mom what is camping?" Our camping trips have now turned into bonfires on the farm, roasting hotdogs and smores.

Running into the house to grab things we forget. Star gazing and watching the fire. Tucking ourselves into our own nice cozy beds in the evening. No packing, no setting up a tent, no struggling to get rest at night. Some of the best parts of camping, the cooking outside, enjoying nature, and spending time together as a family. Without all of the discomfort and major effort involved in traveling with a larger family. It is all about the ages and stages you are in at the time. 

Our vacations have now turned into day trips, exploring within an hour or two of our own town. Many of us are doing this because of the economy and realization that we don't need fancy expensive vacations to capture those fun memories for our families. 

The kids camp alone in the yard for ‘fun’, while Mom and Dad get a good night sleep. Starting to enjoy the great outdoors and preparing for their own times of camping with their family in days to come.

It is a natural progression. Sad in a way to look back at the experiences that the oldest children had with camping, knowing that the youngest will not have that same one. He has different experiences though. There is a difference in life if you are the oldest versus the youngest. Older parents, more people in the family, more natural entertainment from siblings.You can still make fantastic memories for your family though!! Less stress for Mom and Dad with the day trips provide more joy and fun for the whole family. Be sure to take lots of photos and document your memories to look back on. As the kids get older the progression will continue to gain on us. Excited to see where our next stage lead us!


Melanie Schemanski, is the founder of A Year of Jubilee Reviews with an assortment of reviews, giveaways, and life stories. Melanie is a homeschooling Mama of 6 blessings, ranging from ages 4 to 17.. toddler to teen! She has been through the ages and stages and they just keep on coming. With years of experience under her belt she wanted to start sharing some of the insights she has found in raising her 5 boys and 1 girl through blogging.  She has loved writing since her first journalism class in high school and is excited to have found a niche to share her heart.

15 comments:

Vicky said...

Okay, you have made me curious about camping. If you family can do it maybe we can too. Thanks!

Jenny K said...

Very cute post! We've only gone camping once since having kids. We went once with our first and hope to go with our second now, too!

Roxy said...

I really miss going camping. The s'mores, hotdogs...even spilling hot ramen bowl water on myself and burning my leg. That was back in Korea, anyway. I think the last time my fiance and I went camping, A was about 2. It was a little creepy because we heard a bear snuffling around in the dark. lol. I think you're onto something here because pictures capture those little things you don't often notice. Heck, I'm ready to put a tent up in my YARD.

LuAnn Braley said...

What a great outlook! The last time I went camping was in the mid-to late 1980s and after the trip, which was enjoyable overall, I said my next camping trip would be to a motel with the tent mural on the wall! *lol*

Eco-Friendly Mommy said...

We go camping every year. It is definitely a great way to make memories and bond with your family. :)

Eco-Friendly Mommy said...

We go camping every year, all year around when we can. It's such a great way to create memories with little ones. Not to mention, it's so fun and much easier to just pick and go for a weekend trip, especially with little ones. :)

Tammy said...

I have 5 kids and we love camping!!! We been going every year for the past 4 years. My youngest was 8 months old and she loveddddd it!

Robin O said...

My parents never took me camping when I was young, but we love camping! It can be difficult to find a kid-friendly campground (but making S'mores is always fun)!

Cassandra Eastman said...

Thank you so much for this! We have been wanting to take our kids camping for the firts time, i've been really nervous about how they'd do but I think we are going to go ahead and go this fall :)

Just Beverly said...

Camping with kids is an experience but a fun one! My grandmother taught me to appreciate the joy and wonder of nature and I enjoy teaching my children and grand children the same. Camping, even if it is just in the back yard, is so much fun and creates wonderful memories that will last a life time!

Chevelle Sopkin said...

I found it too funny that this was the first article I saw when I came to your blog. It suits my situation perfectly at this moment! My husband & I are taking our 3yr old camping for the first time tomorrow (well, it's in the wee hours now, so actually...today!). We are all really excited & have been trying to get around to it alllll summer, but for some reason or another; sickness, obligations, last minute circumstances, we have had to keep postponing it. I cannot imagine camping with 5 or 6 children! It sounds like a nightmare. UNLESS you do it just as you mentioned further down the line... cabin style. But in your own back yard sounds best of all :) Hopefully this will work out & there are no major mishaps! Thanks for such a cute & amusing article!

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Laura Miller said...

I really like this article...we have been thinking about camping with the kids. We also have a lot of guilt of doing things with the older child that we probably won't get to do with the younger. But you are probably right...its the natural progression of things.

clenna said...

I enjoyed your article about camping. My daughter and her hubby and 3 kids go camping a lot. They always invite me. It's so much fun. Their kids are 13, 11, and 4.

wcaligirl said...

we love camping, the kids love it. to be in nature no tv, video games.

Tiffany Overton said...

Really funny that I am reading this article. My best friend and her family wants us to go camping next summer. After reading this, we are considering it even more.

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