Having your kids at home during the holiday season is a great move but it will not be so great if you are not also finding things for them to do which will add some value to their life. Learning life skills is important and your children will need this growing up. You might be good at one or two of these skills but this should not get you thinking that you can teach your children everything they need to learn at home. Even if there are other things to occupy your children’s lives, make sure that you take them camping at least once annually.
When your children are at home, most of the time they will be involved with their friends, the television or other electronic gadgets they have which does not leave a lot of time for physical activity and this is something they need which is why you need to make sure they go camping because physical activity is the major part of the day events. Obesity is not something that looks good on anyone let alone children which is why you need to teach your children the importance of doing exercises. Healthy habits should be taught from childhood because there is a high chance they will stick instead of having to do this as adults because it is more difficult.
During the games and activities which are arranged at camp, there are winners and if your child is among them, this is a big boost on their self-confidence and self-esteem. You do not want to raise a child who does not believe in himself because you will not always be there to offer protection. Even if they do not come up as the first in line, being a part of the team will do much good to them and this is all they need to develop a sense of accomplishment. As there are wins in life, there are also setbacks and the kids need to learn that there is nothing wrong with failing at times in life. The sense of resilience they get from this lets them know that there is nothing wrong with trying new things because even losing will not be the end of the road for them.
It is also good for them to learn how to run their lives without your help because this means when the time comes they will not feel bad about being away from home. They get to decide on what to do with their life and time as well as the activities to engage in which is great. If your kids are independent decision makers, the teenage stage is not going to be that hard for you because it is less likely that they will be influenced by peer pressure.Therefore, instead of deciding the ice cream parlors you will be taking your children to for the holidays, you can pick the camp they will be going to.