Tip: Raising adventurous kids

Being adventurous in childhood, and adulthood, helps us continue learning and growing. It’s important for children to learn that  adventuring can be fun, rewarding and safe.

  • Encourage this by setting an example to your children: try new things, learn new skills and visit new places.
  • Teach your kids how to identify and manage  risks, so they learn how to confidently challenge themselves.
  • Kids and toddlers are often tougher than you think –  so don’t leave it too long to start taking children camping and on other outdoor adventures like walks and exploring trips.
  • Model confidence to your children by showing interest in the world around you, there’s always more to learn, so explore with them.
  • Try visiting a place near home that you’ve never been to – a local park, beach, wildlife reserve, playground – even a cafe, library or other indoor spaces can be made into an adventure!
  • Another way to adventure is trying something you’ve never done before! Half of the fun can be brainstorming this with your children.

 

Tips:

Keep a record

Make a note of things about your visit with the children that went well, and things that didn’t. Try to repeat the good things, and make changes to reduce the chances of the not so good things happening again.

Tips:

Help your kids feel special

The way you relate to your child tells them a lot about how you feel about them. Consciously seek to interact with them so that they feel special.