Camping With The Kids

11/05/2010 07:47:00 PM ·

Authored by Solomon Riggs

When I look around at the world my children are growing up in, I get sad at times. I will remember how it was when I was their age. Instead of video games, we had hide and seek games outside. Instead of chatting to someone we've never met on the Internet, we would sit in the yard and talk with all the neighbor kids. When we were sent to our rooms, it truly was a punishment since we didn't have anything in there but books to entertain us.

Instead of just getting sad, I decided to do something about it. I figured if I didn't introduce my kids to new things, then I am part of the problem rather than the solution. I told everyone to pack three days worth of clothes, a bathing suit, and nothing else. Video games, vampire books, and cell phones were not allowed. I set the home security alarm (information ADT) before leaving. It took us about two hours to get to the lake and another hour to convince them that a weekend of true camping was not a punishment for something they did.

They howled in protest at first, but soon they were having just as much fun as I was. They didn't even know Mom owned a tent, and they were even more surprised to see that I could still put it up as fast as I could 15 years ago. We collected firewood and had a junk food supper before heading down to the beach to go swimming. By the end of the weekend, the kids finally understood why I get so happy when I tell them of my adventures when I was their age

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