Can Families Enjoy The Great Outdoors Without Complaining?

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Because the summer is here, you want to do the dad-thing and spend time outside. God, what a nerd! The kids have other ideas and prefer to sit inside and play video games. Back in your day, this wasn’t an option yet the world is changing at a rapid pace. Still, some moderate complaining never deters a determined dad. So, with all of your persuasive powers and patience, you get them outside in the sun.

Okay, this isn’t too…sweet baby Jesus – will they ever shut up?! Sorry, but the previous studies found that kids love to moan and don’t have an off button. You’re going to have to deal with it or give in and go back inside with your tail between legs. Usually, men pick the latter. It’s something to do with the path of least resistance.

There is an alternative, one where you can have your cake and eat it too. It’s called compromising. Here are four examples you can try with the kids.

Cycling

They won’t mind riding a bike, right? It isn’t as if they’re competing in the Tour de France. Before they know it, the 10 kilometers will fly by and they’ll be back home, tired out from the day’s activities. Of course, they hate the idea of riding along with their dad wearing an unflattering helmet and looking like a five-year-old kid. Plus, they aren’t too happy about the physical element of cycling. Can’t a machine do that in 2018?

The answer is yes, yes it can. Nowadays, it’s possible to ride a push bike with a motor. So, you can pedal and get your daily dose of exercise on the flats while conserving energy going uphill. What’s great about this is that kids love new technology.

So, they won’t even remember to be embarrassed about being seen with their dad. Everyone’s a winner!

Hiking

At least with hiking there won’t be anyone around. So, they can complain all the way to the top and be safe in the knowledge their street credibility won’t suffer. Still, there are only small mercies because they are guaranteed to complain from the bottom to the summit. Thank the heavens it’s a small hill and not Mount Everest.

The good news is that your old friend technology is on hand to help. Think about what the kids would like the most. Have you got an answer? Good, is it a ride to the top? It should be because if they could hitch a lift, they’d be gone before the dust settled. Well, the top all terrain scooters can make it happen.

As the name suggests, they are reliable off-road and motorized. Although it’s cheating, it’s an excellent way to bond as a family.

Camping

There are bugs and sleeping bags and nowhere to get cell reception. Let’s face facts – the kids are going to hate life. Yep, they are sure are if you opt for a traditional set-up. For those who go modern, the experience is bound to be a quieter one, a trip where they may be grateful rather than eternally unappreciative. The Holy Grail.

Glamping is a new craze where tents are huge and there is electricity. Oh, and the showers and toilets that aren’t disgusting. All in all, it’s like being at home but in the Great Outdoors. Look at this way; you still get to hike and barbeque and enjoy the weather only with a few home comforts.

To be honest, you’ll be glad to relieve the boredom too!

Safari

Okay, this one is completely off-piste. A safari is a once-in-a-lifetime thing which costs thousands of dollars. It’s in Africa which is a 20-hour flight away and it’s hot and muggy and sweaty. Plus, there are wild beasts that can turn over the open Jeep and chow down on everyone for dinner. Where do you sign up?

Sure, it takes a lot of organization to book flights, accommodation and a safari-tour in Africa. And, it won’t be cheap, not even in your wildest dreams. Still, this is one vacation where the kids will love every minute and remember it for the rest of their lives.

According to everyone who has been, there is nothing like seeing a lion in the flesh. If the pride of cats don’t play ball, then there are zebras, wildebeest, hippos, elephants and rhinos. Maybe you’ll spot another big cat, such as a cheetah or a leopard. This is one method which doesn’t need compromise.

Wouldn’t you love a holiday like this regardless?

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Richie

My name is Richie and I am a 34 year old father of two. My daughter is seven years old and my son is four. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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