We started RVing when our first two kids were eleven months old because of our dreams for the future. It wasn’t because we had some parenting vision that involved raising our kids at campgrounds and in the great outdoors. We loved travel. We loved road trips. And we wanted to keep having fun in spite of the drastic changes that happened as soon as our twin babies entered the picture. In hindsight, though, we feel so incredibly lucky that we bought our first RV. We didn’t realize it at the time, but it was exactly the right decision to help us raise our kids according to values that have become very important to us as parents.
Even though it wasn’t entirely by design, having an RV allows us to create a life that encourages our boys to grow in many areas that are important to us and develop attributes like patience, creativity, and curiosity. At first, we felt that many of these traits were limited to our actual camping experiences. We would see the boys engage in imaginative play at the campsite in ways that wouldn’t necessarily translate to our backyard. But over the years we have been amazed to watch these traits translate to every area of their lives including school and organized sports. We are so grateful that we stumbled into RV ownership when our kids were itty-bitty babies–their lives will always be better because of it.
Here are nine values that our kids have learned at the campground over the past decade. We are confident that if you take your kids camping, and invest in their lives one RV trip at a time, that they will learn these lessons too.