Most parents would love to see their children grow up with character traits like adaptability, resilience, and independence . One of the best ways to develop those character traits in your child is through adventures. Adventures naturally breed things like adaptability, resilience and independence because through adventure a child steps outside of their comfort zone and is stretched as they try new things.
Of course, some children are naturally adventurous. But what about the other ones? The ones less inclined to take risks, even small ones, and who prefer the comforts of home to a sleeping bag under the stars? Can we help grow a spirit of adventure in those kiddos too? Yes, we can! And we don’t even have to push them to become someone they’re not in the process. We can just help them blossom into a slightly more adventurous version of themselves and cultivate those desirable character traits in them as we do.
Here are three simple things we can do to help our kids grow into adventurous people.
1. Make adventures a regular, intentional part of your family life.
If we want our kids to say yes when we propose adventures, then we must make adventures a regular part of our family routine, Make adventures just as important as Saturday morning soccer games or weekly music lessons. Schedule simple adventures weekly, or monthly, and put a grand adventure or two on the calendar every year. By doing so, you are making adventurous living something normal and not overwhelming. In time, they’ll even become something to anticipate with happiness.