This is the first Summer we have experienced a set time, due to schools, my boy being at nursery, but what a summer it has been.
We decided to buy a tent this year and we have been away four times, three with the kids and once just me and the hubby.
It has been the best decision we have ever made.
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest blogger for 365pearlsofwisdom and what I wrote really summed up the whole summer for me.......
"We chose to go camping as a way to get holidays without big costs of holidays abroad or hotels even caravans for that matter. I was excited to pack up the car and head off, if you’ve read any of my other blogs on this matter you will know that this is not entirely the case, its not as quick as all that!
However, one of the off shoots and what is turning out to be the best part of camping is getting the kids out, out in the outdoors, out in all weathers, exploring, discovering, being free, well kind of free, but there is certainly a bigger sense of giving them freedom whilst in the camping environment. On our latest trip to the most wonderful GairLoch on the west coast of Scotland, we were very near a fantastic and very sandy kids park and I let my kids go themselves to the park.
Admittedly I stood like a meerkat peering over my tent the whole time, but they could not see me and guess what, they were fine, they loved that sense of running off to the park, they came back for drinks and snacks and although I did not sit down the whole time they were there I relished watching them just be free, chatting to the other kids, getting help or helping the other kids get on and off the zip wires, swings etc. Kids make friends so easily, even if it just for that day, or that hour. Its just that wonderful thing that Playing give our children, confidence to include others or actively ask others to join in, because they want to share in the wonderful feeling that play give them.
They are exploring not only new areas or things to do, they are exploring in emotions, communication, laughter, how other interact and react to them and in turn how they react to others. Nothing can be more of vital to a young ones mind, body and heart.
I am so looking forward to even more of our wonderful camping trips, watching them run wild, dance and play outside in the Jammies, play swing ball in the rain, jump down sand dunes, build sand forts, fly kites, fish, melt marshmallows, splash in rivers, jump over jelly fish and run from the waves of the sea!"
If this is what the summer holidays in the future have in store, you know what, I can not wait!