Ahhhh the Sunday family walk. The idyllic image of a Mountain Warehouse clad family, dog in tow, strolling peacefully along muddy nature trails .THIS, is how I envisioned my Sundays as a Mother.
The reality was somewhat different.
For starters, Someone always needs a sh**!
Ive lost count of the amount of times Henry has squatted behind a tree that’s way too skinny to hide his dignity whilst other families and their non sh**ting kids saunter past on the path below. Their fresh faced children merrily playing with sticks and not using them as Ninja Turtle Nunchucks.
Then there is the fact that no one’s legs seems to work?
I mean my boys can happily bounce off sofas at home and race down the hallway. Yet when it comes to being outside and actually getting to run wild and free, Henry does the comedy leg drag and fake injuries!?
This is everyone except Leo who despite not actually being able to walk more than 10 feet without falling over flings his head back in protest and screams to come out of the pram or carrier. I give in. (I mean it is a walk after all right?) Does he run off to enjoy himself? ….For about 23 seconds then he sits and cries and wants to be carried.
It is then when I use the clever reward/bribe trick and say “maybe theres an ice cream van at the end?” (“maybe there bloody isn’t too, but it will at least get us to the end and then il suggest a crappy mini milk at the bottom of the freezer as a compromise!”)So there I am, rugby balling Leo towards the finish line whilst Chris pushes an empty pram alongside me and Henry brings up the rear, comedy leg drag in full swing.
Of course we perform this exact same ritual every other week because, it’s good to walk, it’s free and despite the above there have been some truly lovely moments amongst the insanity.
If you love/hate walking check out these top 5 tips for making the process more enjoyable:
- Invest in the right gear. – Im talking, walking boots, good coats and waterproofs.
- Buy a cheap pedometer/stepometer – Henry loves watching the numbers go up every step he takes. It actually made him want to walk.
- A baby carrier – an absolute must for us. We took it to Disney and use it for all our walks.
- Snacks and Water – great for bribes, but also keeps little bodies fuelled on big adventures. I take cereal bars, biscuits, rice cakes, individually wrapped croissants and brioche rolls (Aldi)
- When the moaning kicks in ask children to find 5 interesting things on the way round the walk to take home with them. This keeps Henry focused on something other than perfecting his comedy leg drag.
Happy Walking! (Ha!!)
Love, Kathryn, A mum like me xxx