There's plenty of things growing up that my siblings and I were wary about that my parents pushed us into facing (i.e. swimming, sleep overs, new foods, etc) and we quickly learned to get over the fear of those things though there were things my parents had more patience for and worked up to it, like spending a whole month every summer with our grandparents in Ireland without my parents being there by spending school vacations and extended weekends during the school year there.
Last summer my kids told me they wanted to start camping, my dad told them stories about camping trips we took when I was a kid, but when it came time to actually going to a camp ground and spending the night my kids all backed out and never wanted to go. I don't know if its the fear of sleeping out in the dark or that they just don't want to spend a night away from home (though they sleep over with other relatives and my friend's houses). Anyway this summer my husband and I want to take two weeks and go to different camp grounds in PA and MD; and also spend a few days in DC like when I was a kid.
So I'm wondering if I should work up to it with camping in the back yard, to camping in the wooded areas around the neighborhood, to camping in a local camp ground and hope they won't put up a fight on this vacation or should I just deal with the initial problems we'll have on this trip since once we're out there we can't just simply turn around and come all the way home. My husband thinks we should spend a night or two at the local camp ground and tell the kids going home isn't an option (but I know how stubborn my children are and they'll put up a bigger fight at a local camp ground because they know we aren't more than 40 minutes from home).
I figured I'd put this out there and see how any of you would do it...
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