10 Lessons from 10 Years of Adventure with Kids
Have you had an adventure with kids today? This week? This month? This year? No? Well it’s easier to put the TV on isn’t it? It’s less hassle to go shopping. The kids are busy and the adults need some down-time. What’s so great about doing things together anyway?
But just pause for just a minute and remember all those promises you made back when the house was a giant play pen and sleep was something other people had. Didn’t you resolve to spend time with your precious family? Didn’t you vow to work less and play more? What was that about exploring the world together? Didn’t you want to adventure with kids?
Ten years ago we started The Family Adventure Project after relocating from London to Cumbria with a six week old baby. With the arrival of first Matthew, then Cameron, and lastly Hannah, we made those same resolutions to put our family first. But we’re both easily distracted and knew that life was likely to put all manner of spanners in the works. So we wrote some ideas down and promised each other we’d act on them. These ideas ranged from getting out on our bikes more, to taking a gap year with the toddlers. Over the years, those hand written notes became a website and now a blog, recording all the things we’ve done together, providing lasting memories of our little and big adventures and reminding us not to settle for a life less lived.
Below are some of the things we’ve learnt along the way. And in some cases are still learning. Matthew is now in double figures and nappies are a thing of the past, but the family adventure continues… I wonder what the next ten years will bring?
10 Life Lessons from 10 Years of Adventure with Kids
Lesson 1: Newborns can travel too
Babies don’t explode if you put them on an aeroplane. They don’t melt if you take them out in the rain. They don’t drown if you put them inside a boat or canoe. And they don’t break if you hike them up a mountain. Sure, those early months and years are a precious and demanding time, but you don’t have stay at home to enjoy them. If you’ve both got some leave and are starting to argue over who does the next nappy change, then why not change your location instead. It’s a great time to explore the world together. You can breast feed up a mountain just as easily as on the sofa and if you aren’t brave enough to rough it, perhaps do a short tour of hostels or affordable hotels. Or just start by getting away for the weekend. You might as well have no sleep in a place you’ll remember.