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toedtoes

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Posted: 01/16/18 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't look at the hourglass. Don't look at the hourglass.

Just enjoy it as long as he does. And don't force him if he doesn't.


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We started backpacking without adults at age 13. We did our own trips. I left home at 18 and drove across the country in a 1957 Chevy to go surfing in California.

Kids grow up slower now. You may be able to keep his interest by scheduling some activities like rafting. Let him bring a friend along. Every kid is different but most start to want to be independent sometime as teenagers.

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Both our ours went with us right up until college. They probably would have went longer but job changes and working out of town resulted in time off spent at home rather than camping and the camper was out of town as I used that to live in temporarily until we got relocated back to where we are now. Now that we live on the coast on the waterfront they spend as much time as possible with us when they are off from work. We are still a very close family.
The last year or so they would take turns bringing a friend along, and we also had a tent and they chose to stay in that at night.


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This is a great question, and really appreciate all the info. We have three that are 9-12, and I'm hoping for five more years. They hate traveling... Until the trip starts, lol. Wish us luck!


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We've camped with ours since they were in diapers it slowed down in high school one got into tennis the other softball,but still went when time allowed .Now their out of college they plan their vacation around when and where were going camping,My youngest daughter and I still go on several fishing weekend's tent camping during the summer.So I think if they like it they never really stop.

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My 13 yr old son is not as interested in camping lately, but still comes with us on all our trips. We allow him to bring a friend most trips and also, we allow him to play his ipad 1 hour a day to keep him sane(and us too!). We go on a lot of weekend trips within 2.5 hours so its easier for his friends. My now 17 yr old daughter loves to camp still and will amend her work schedule to get a weekend off to join us. She will invite a friend or two and drive separately so they can do day trips. We bring tents to have more room and plan to be near a beach or lake for water sports. I know eventually we will down size to a smaller RV for just hubby and me which is fine, there are always a spot for tents at our favorite sites!


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We have two sons, the older (42 years old) has never missed a summer trip since birth. Of course we have added his wife and 3 grandkids as the years passed. They plan next year's trip while on the current one. Our younger son also traveled with us through college and then work curtailed his extended vacations. Older son, his wife, and before retirement my wife and I are/were teachers with summers off. 49 states, all Canadian provinces, and a good chunk of Mexico has provided us with amazing memories and a great education for everyone. Advice from an old man to young families: "Spend every minute you can with your kids. They grow up before you know what happened"

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As a father of two 13 year old boys, I'm pleased to read these responses. Usually, opinions swing the other way, but it seems most of you guys have enjoyed many happy years of camping together.

Camping together has shaped us differently than families we know that don't camp. I believe for the better. We enjoy time over things and our boys feel the same. I hope that has established what our future will look like. They will grow up, but having a solid, shared experience like we have had is important and I believe will sustain.

Most of the time, our boys talk about hiking like it is undesirable. However, just yesterday, one boy came home with his art portfolio from school and we were surprised to see images of hiking and camping for his "favorite things" project. Mom and Dad for the score!


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Our kids are 9 and 13 and they enjoy camping, but sometimes want to stay home for other activities. Because of this, I've done several solo trips, which I actually enjoy quite a bit, lovin' the peace and quiet! Still, I'm the traveling spark plug and tell them all the time, my plan is to drag them to as many sights and adventures as possible while still on this side of the earth's surface. Hopefully they cherish the memories.


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Camping together has shaped us differently than families we know that don't camp. I believe for the better. We enjoy time over things and our boys feel the same. I hope that has established what our future will look like. They will grow up, but having a solid, shared experience like we have had is important and I believe will sustain.


Exactly!!

Our youngest daughter is a teacher, and as a child and beautiful adult many always say what a pleasure to be around, polite, caring, helpful, respectful etc. (Proud mama here!). Her dad and I cringe with the stories she tells us over sit down suppers of her days, and even how her similar aged friends communicate (or don't!) with their parents. Its atrocious what the future generations will be at this rate.

She and the other teachers have a constant battle on the limitations they are allowed to try and teach respect etc as well to try to get the parents more involved with their children. They did surveys and on average parents only communicate anything of value with their children 2 mins per day. Yep, TWO MINS per day! Even on the drive into/home from school majority don't converse with their children citing "their fine on their iPads/Iphone etc". Sheesh.

You should be a very proud parent, and as much as they might whine at times today, guess what they'll be speaking of in future years with fond memories. One of our daughters (trouble during the teens!) friends aged 27 now, still thanks us for showing her what "real family is about", and taking her on so many camping/vacation trips which she treasures to this day.

Don't stop being the best parent you can be no matter how old they become, we're sadly becoming a rarity.

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