As parents, we all want to raise healthy, confident, and well-rounded children. For many of us, that means teaching our kids to try new things and seek out adventure wherever they go. Giving your kids a love of adventure means giving them a love of nature and the great outdoors. It means teaching them the value of learning and stepping outside of their comfort zone. It also means cultivating an appreciation for the world they live in and all the different people, cultures, and experiences you can find here. There are countless ways to pass on these valuable lessons. If you’re wondering where to start, here are just a few ideas on how to instill a love of adventure in your kids.
Many people hold off on big trips because their kids are too young to remember them. However, this shouldn’t stop y’all from traveling with your kids when they’re young. By exposing your kids to different experiences and cultures early in their life, you prepare them for the trips they will be able to remember. Instead of having older children who are uninterested during the first family camping trip, you’ll have kids who are familiar and comfortable with the camping routine. Start giving your kids these experiences now, so they can continue that love of adventure as they get older.
I know how hard it is to plan a family vacation that satisfies everyone and doesn’t break the budget. However, going on vacations or even day trips together are the perfect opportunities for a family adventure. This country is full of incredible destinations for you to learn or try something new. Plan a trip to the Rocky Mountains and experience all the thrills that Colorado has to offer. Look up the best museums or nature centers near you and spend a day learning more about the past and present of the world we live in. Even little experiences—such as visiting festivals or eating at authentic cultural restaurants—can be great ways to add a little diversity to your family’s life.
Lead by Example
If y’all want to learn how to instill a love of adventure in your kids, you have to instill that same love in yourself. When you enjoy hiking, camping, learning about other cultures, and other adventurous trips and activities, your kids will see and mimic you. On the other hand, if you’re hesitant to taste foreign foods or try your hand at a new activity, your kids will see that as a reason to stay within their comfort zones. Be an adventurous example to your kids so that all of you can create new experiences together.