Things I learned while camping

by Shae on October 25, 2013

 

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We’re back from another homeschool camp. I LOVE these camps for lots of self affirming homeschooly reasons but I always seem to come home with the same sort of epiphanies about life in general. And I usually want to trade in everything for a big caravan and live on the road.

Here is what I learned-

 

I spend too much time online

Shocking, I know. We had a media ban this trip that I (mostly) stuck to and I had SO MUCH TIME to spend reading as well as with the kids and Luke. We played uno, we chatted, I read 2 full books and I wasn’t forever checking my phone. Now I’m not in team “never take your phone to the park or you’ll miss your kid’s childhood” because I don’t believe anyone needs to observe and interact with their child every moment of the day but I do think I could spend less time faffing around on twitter.

 

I try too hard with food variety.

I’m really into my kids eating real, healthy food for the most part. Especially at home. I seem to spend a fortune and a lot of time in the kitchen making sure there are lots of choices that I approve of on hand. When we had limited choices on camp that were all good ones I was simply unable to offer heaps of variety. AND THE KIDS JUST ATE WHAT WE HAD-no complaints. This could change the way I shop!

 

My kids are capable.

This year I’ve really gone from being a “lawnmower parent” (smoothing everything out) to empowering my kids to do things for themselves and by themselves. They have blossomed in to much more confident kids who seem happier and less whiny. I noticed at the camp we went to earlier in the year that I was interfering and fussing over my girls which was robbing them of the confidence to try and see how much they CAN do. This camp I really noticed a change in their ability to handle things themselves as well as dealing with new situations. I’m pretty proud of my kiddos.

 

My marriage is awesome.

Luke and I put up the caravan, the shelter and assorted stuff and took it down again without arguing. Enough said.

 

I wash clothes far too frequently.

Why is it not OK for me to sniff the kids clothes and look for grot on them at home like I do when we are camping? They got DAYS out of a top that I would have just chucked in the machine at home. Of course the same rules do not apply for underwear.

 

Spending time with other adults is important.

One of my favorite things about camp is chatting with the other parents. There is lots of time to do this during the day and round the fire after the kids have gone to bed. Some of the talk is serious, some decidedly hilarious and all of it is good for the soul. It’s OK to make your own social life a priority when you are knee deep in kids and need that outlet.

 

Simplify.

Less clothes, less toys, less food, less to do makes for more great time together as a family and with our friends.

 

 

Do you have any camping wisdom?

 

 

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katepickle October 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

So impressed that you can set up and pack up camping without an argument! LOL

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Linn October 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

I relate to a lot of that!

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Tricia October 27, 2013 at 6:53 am

I nodded my head at every one of your points Shae. Our little family is at its best when camping. Most of all I love that life becomes so simple that all you have to think about is what you’ll eat. And simple food always seems to taste so much better when camping. Gorgeous post :-)

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mimbles October 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Every time we go away on a dark ages reenactment camp (completely off the grid and using, as far as possible, only stuff that is historically accurate, or at least plausible, for around 1000AD) I am struck by how little we actually need to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves. I also come back with a deep appreciation for indoor plumbing.

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Shae October 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I will admit to enjoying the hot hot shower after camping very much

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