Adventuring With A Crew: Family Style
There is always way too much food and several adults to help parent your kids. Conversations range from politics to poop and from parenting to 'back in the day,' Adventuring with friends (and their kids) is nothing short of wonderful. Sure, there are the moments when your kids don't all get along or someone's fart clears the room... but all in all there is no better way to spend a weekend. The problem solving is entertaining (see milk jug below). The collaborative exercises to keep the kids engaged is a lovely break from always having to be 'on' as much as it is beautiful to watch your child light up at the effort of a friend. This is where memories are made and where magical relationships are formed. A place where new traditions outside the immediate family circle come alive. As long as there is no shortage of coffee... there isn't a crying baby, a room clearing-fart, a toddler argument, or a sleepless night that could dissuade me from spending a weekend adventuring with a crew like this.
How to get in the right mindset for 'family-style-adventure-crewing':
- See sleep as a bonus... not an expectation. Sleeping away from home, in the cold, in the same room, close to other people, etc creates uncertainty for both sleep quality and quanitity. If you go into the adventure assuming sleep will not be great then any amount you actually get will bring warm feelings to your heart.
- Kids are going to clash at some point. Balance your interventions with opportunities to let them develop their own problem solving skills. This builds grit. Grit is one of the best things you can help your child develop (and isn't that the best word.. "grit" "gritty"... I love it).
- If you stay awake past 10pm at least one of the nights away then you are winning.
- Let your kid eat too many marshmallows. (YOU are probably already eating too many chips anyways so don't be a hypocrite) :)
- Pack less than you think you need. Your kid will likely stay in the same clothes all weekend and wear their pajamas home anyways.
- Make a playlist. It creates the weekend vibe and you can go back to that playlist as often as you want once that weekend is over. We did this with Spotify on the convoy down to the cabin and it made me feel like we were in high school again. Its funny how a collaborative music playlist and a train of cars can create such vibes.