1. Spending time outdoors can teach a child a lot of lessons.
Although the non-stop questions and the talking may work on your nerves, realize that this is an incredible opportunity for teaching a child. I know myself that I learned a lot more during my time outside than during the whole week in the classroom. Asking questions about plants and animals and learning firsthand in the open air is a much more effective way than on a screen at school. I noticed that I was much more involved in the outside environment than in a classroom. I could not only learn about the outdoors, but I also received lessons about safety during the outdoors. Something specific that I remember from my childhood was that my granny always guarded our safety when we went hiking in the mountains around Zermatt. There I walked with a small armor with a bell. I thought that this was ridiculous, but when I look back, I realize that creating a safe place helps to enjoy.
2. Having a child does not mean that your weekends of discovery are at an end.
Many people believe that if you have a child, your discovery career ends. Wrong! If you take your child with you, you can not only learn valuable lessons and spend quality time with them, but you can also enjoy nature yourself. Better still, find a few friends who also have children, and make a group test!
3. Your children will thank you later.
From a very young age our holidays were mainly dominated by mountain hiking. (I know my way around Täsh, Zermatt and Saas Fee better than my own neighborhood, and although the climbs sometimes feel dull and endless, I am now reaping the benefits of it.) Now I can not just use the outdoors as a escape from everyday life, but it also gives me an outlet to spend time with my children.Although many parents struggle to spend time together with their children when they really enter the teen years, the outdoor life offers a great place to spend a day with your children and hopefully if you take your children outside when they are younger, they will return the favor and bring you out when you are older.
4. All those involved remain in good condition. Both mentally and physically.
In a world that is so concerned about unhealthy children and an unhealthy population in general, there is no better way to get in shape than walking outside. It is so difficult to get your physical exercise when you work all week and your child goes to school. Making plans to go out at the weekend can help you burn those extra calories you have built up during the week, and it will allow your children to burn a little extra energy and get in good shape. Physical activity in nature also releases a lot of positive energy and helps to process everything.
5. Start young with your children and they will do great things as they get older.
While my parents started my outdoor experience with just walking in the Alps and the parks and forests around us, I notice now when I have grown older that my interests have become much more sophisticated. I still use the lessons my parents have taught me on my adventures of today, including things like backpacking, freezing rivers, camping during the winter or 14 km long day walks. If you let your child start young, you should imagine what they will do by the time they have your age and the endless amount of knowledge they will gather.
I believe that bringing your children outside is one of the best things you can do for a child. Those of you who have children, who are thinking of having children, or will have children in the future, realize that spending time outside with your child will greatly enrich their experience in the future.
See you outside!