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RealtyRoy

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Posted: 09/03/12 04:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey there,
My kids used to absolutely love to go camping with us, now they are older, twin girls 17 yrs old, and they always say now that they are so busy with homework and such that they are just not interested.

I know there must be some way to get them excited again for even just a short weekend or even just an overnighter in a near by park. We are fortunate that we have campgrounds, three of them, less than 20 miles from the house. If I wanted to I could, what I like to say, add food,gas and toilet paper, and we are ready to go.

Just can't convince the girls that a little break for the weekend would be fun, even though not very long or far from home.

What do you think, any idea's?? Our last campout I let them bring a few of their friends from school, they of coarse loved that! But now that schools starting again having friends come along is going to be tough.

What do you think?

Thanks very much

Roy


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Posted: 09/03/12 04:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

I'd still invite friends from school.


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Posted: 09/03/12 04:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They'll come back to camping some day when they have their own kids. You'll be able to enjoy things all over again.


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Posted: 09/03/12 04:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always did our best to develop a good relationship with our kids friends so they felt comfortable going along. Kids ALL seem to go through the stage where friends at LEAST share an equal fascination with family so combining the two is often a way to maintain the closeness.


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I wouldn't worry about it. I would guess that they will take it up again a little later on. Definitely don't want to force it.


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Posted: 09/03/12 04:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

I'd still invite friends from school.
X2 at that age you are not cool anymore but in another 5 years you will be again as they mature a little. Believe me my 17 yo is at home and my 21 yo is here at the beach with us this week. Will

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Posted: 09/03/12 04:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When they come back. It will be with your Grand Kids.


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rvten wrote:

When they come back. It will be with your Grand Kids.


Took the words right out of my mouth.


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Posted: 09/03/12 04:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They still like Camping? Perhaps they could go to the same campground as you do but have their own site and tent.

While we were hosting last year a family came in that did this. Mom had a site across the campground from us. The girls had a site right next to us. Mom spoke to us privately and asked us to "keep an eye out" for them. We did and these kids were very well behaved and had no idea that anybody was watching over them. They spent the weekend "on thier own" and did well.


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I don't think there is much you *can* do, other than inviting their friends and perhaps taking your camping trips in a different direction. They're 17yrs old. Naturally they want to spend time with their friends doing whatever it is that appeals to them. We went through the same thing with our kids, too.

With DD19 especially, we found that we had to change things up to keep her interested. We made room for friends, let them have their own site, took them shopping or horseback riding or tubing. We brought the bikes and we camped at places where we knew a lot of young people go. Gone are the days when I could hand them each a shovel and a bucket and they would entertain themselves all day. At 17, kids want to be with other teens more than they want to be with their parents. That is as it should be.

I wouldn't worry too much about this. If they loved camping before, they will eventually come back to it. We took ours on a cross country trip about 5 years ago(ages 12 & 14 at the time.) Although we didn't get a lot of grumbling, there was a little, mostly about not getting to see the friends all summer. DD was especially happy to get home--we didnt' think she'd ever go camping with us again! Not so. About 2 months after we returned, I overheard DD "planning" her own trip--which mirrored the exact trip we had just completed!

My kids are older now. DS26 has almost no interest in camping, although he will go if one of his friends sets it up. DD19 still loves to camp, but she's a purist--if she can't take her tent, she doesn't want to go. She has all her own equipment and she doesn't care if it's cold or raining. That's my girl! I figure sooner or later, there will be grandchildren to take camping. I really look forward to that day.


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