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tragusa3

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FULLTIMEWANABE wrote:

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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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Exactly! I'm a school teacher, also. I changed careers at age 42. It changed my entire perspective on our culture.


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My daughter will be 17 this spring, and still enjoys camping. I will admit our camping ways have changed. Instead of always going to a state park with no hookups or just electricity, we have found ourselves going to more private campgrounds with activities. Having a pool to swim in and other activities is now more important. We also allow her to bring a friend if she wishes. Another thing is to plan activities and day trips away from the campground to see things of interest. Our first camping trip this year is a father-daughter trip to go ride our bikes in a day long bicycle tour. Great fun for both of us, and we have done this for the last 5 years. She is looking forward to the trip. Staying at a electricity only state park.

When at the campground I try to always do what she wants to do to keep busy. It is amazing how you can spend a day just riding bikes, swimming, playing bean bag toss, croquet, baseball, etc... Sometimes I just want to sit and do nothing, but I know it is important to her so I suck it up and participate. My wife-not so much. I think part of the excitement is doing so many things you generally wouldn't gather up the energy to do at home. Keeps us older ones active and feeling young!


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