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The Family Camping Trip: Nightmare or Dream Vacation?

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

A* Outdoor DadChat Episode

It can be a challenge to get outside camping once we begin to have children. But there are many ways to make it a satisfying adventure for the whole family. In this Outdoor DadChat episode, I talk a bit more about why camping is so important to my family.

Whether you love camping with your family, have never tried it before, or would never do it again, please let me know your thoughts.

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Happy Camping!

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I am a Fathering Together mentor and coach specializing in the use of the outdoors in parenting. If you are interested in 1-on-1 mentoring, facilitated group conversations, or larger seminars please contact me directly or visit .

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  • To learn, practice, and implement practical relationship skills and strategies. These skills and strategies can be useful for improving father-child relationships, parent-to-parent relationships, friendships and even co-worker relationships.

  • To gain a better understanding of child development so you can set realistic expectations, meet your child’s specific needs, and parent in a more intentional, focused and positive way.

  • To focus on or do a ‘deeper dive’ into a specific issue, topic or problem. Whether you do individual or small group coaching, doing a deeper dive is about gaining perspective, exploring new or different approaches, and having a place to share your own story and learn from others.

**UPDATE on the family camping trip:

The camping trip was a success! We opted for a site on a lake 2 hours away. We got in a full 2 nights, 3 days. I will admit that the preparations and initially getting out the door was full of stress. We left 3 hours later than planned and set up in the dark. But it was totally worth it!

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