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No one tells you that when you become a mom to older kids, you spend an awful lot of time in your car, taking your kids on their adventures.
Soccer practices, a cross country meet, a robotics class. Back and forth, so much that you start thinking you’re fusing with the driver’s seat of your car. Last week, without any away games or meets, I still spent over 14 hours driving my kids to their activities.
It’s worth it, to watch your kids enjoy themselves, to see them be so active, to let them have new experiences.
But it’s also why you have to grab those moments to have a family adventure whenever you can.
Because my boys are so scheduled and involved in so many structured activities, I like to give them a little more freedom when we have a chance to go do something as a family.
Heading out on trails is a favorite family adventure. They can explore, run hard if they want, or leisurely stroll if that’s what they feel like doing (and if they want to stay near me since my pace is definitely more of a stroll).
My boys like trying to identify different plants and flowers (even if we’re mostly wrong in our guesses). Though what they really like is when we come across an obstacle on the trail.
It’s an easy family activity, no planning or entry fees required. In my family, that’s a win.
The only thing we do to prepare is to make sure that everyone has water and a snack. One of our favorite snacks is Coconut Butter Nature Valley Biscuits (except for my one picky kid, who prefers any of the Peanut Butter Nature Valley snacks).
I can pick up these Nature Valley Biscuits with Coconut Butter when I stop at Walmart in between driving from school to soccer. And while they make a great snack for both the kids and me after we hike, I can also grab one during one of the many times I’m sitting around, waiting for one of my kids to finish practice!