Life With Littles: How To Camp With Your Children
In the thick of life with littles, and in one of the most transitional seasons of their lives, two brave couples asked themselves “why not try camping?”…
So many of you have asked us “how on earth do you camp, travel, take 10+ hour road trips with your littles?” The astonishing truth is, we, in fact, are not superhuman! We are two very impatient home-bodies who believe the best way for us to experience growth for ourselves, and extend it to our children is by expanding them beyond our every day, and cherishing the pause that adventurous space invites.
So here’s to you. The parents living life with littles every day questioning a road trip or camping for the first time…you can (and totally should) do it! Camping is one of the most cost-effective ways to make adventuring fun for your children, without breaking the bank. And, it gets them away (enough) from socialization, screen time, and distractions of toy mayhem at home to get outside and enjoy nature! I am not even kidding you, if for no reason other than this – GO CAMPING! Our kids got along better than they EVER HAVE at home, and spent hours collecting dirt, sticks, and rocks for their imaginary kitchen. Seeing their imaginations run wild was the greatest gift and far outweighed many of the more expensive trips we’ve taken as a family of 4.
For our first time camping as a family, we tagged along with another family with kids similar in age to brave the adventure with us. This was better than I could have ever expected, because it does take some of the pressure off of handling, cooking, and doing everything with just you and your partner. We had the most fun together brainstorming how to cook oatmeal over a fire (I forgot a pot), discovering our next adventure, and watching our kids eat mounds of sand while being completely filthy from head to toe pretty much the entire time. TYPE A PERSONALITY MAMAS BE WARNED – you and your kids WILL get dirty! I had to leave my controlling-mama mind at the threshold of our campsite, and let our wildebeests run wild and just be kids. And what a treasure that was to my mama heart! (and to theirs).
As exhausting and shower-less as their weekend was, this is what I pray the highlights of their childhood memories look like. Not to keep up with the Jones’ (because let’s be real – do they even camp?) but to stop and take these moments in. Sometimes, yes, behind a camera because in these little years especially, they may not remember. (though our Luella doesn’t forget a THING!)
But we don’t solely create these experiences for them to remember, we create them for us to remember too.
The little years where it is impossible to clean the sand out of a diaper.
Where screaming in a tent may wake up the neighbors, but the warm snuggles from an air mattress of your little one in their footed pajamas are not something you experience at the Hilton.
These moments bring to life something in their character that is only developed by being outside of their (and our) comfort zone.
We’re Matt and Dayna. Life Enthusiasts in the pursuit of a life enriched in God’s sustaining grace, empowering others to pursue the same. Two very imperfect people who wake up with bad breath, have days (sometimes weeks) of losing our patience, modeling to the world, each other, and our children, a life that points to Christ through our imperfection.
Most days you can find us chasing after our little heartbeats, Luella and Chase (4&2) This dynamic duo plays a big part in the heart behind The Pause Pursuit; a ministry empowering couples and families to slow down to pursue God and each other. In a media-saturated world, the comparison game is real, but so is real life. The Pause Pursuit is a safe place that combines the two. Where real life meets the sustaining power and pursuit of a real Jesus.
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