Adventurous Children

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maggot, 22 Sep 2007.

  1. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    My kids (7 & 5) were determined to sleep outside in the garden tonight, in a tent obvously. They have never slept out on their own before, although we have camped out loads. I can't get to sleep though, because a) I'm concerned they may wake up scared and :biggrin: I'm in the flippin dining room, wrapped up in a sleeping bag with the patio doors open!!!!!

    Why can't my kids be scared of the dark and the night like everyone elses??? (Obviously, I'm secretly very proud!!)
  2. johnr

    johnr Über Member

    Perhaps it's less scary outside, than inside with a dad called Maggot lurking inside a sleeping bag... who knows?
  3. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    I had a similar sleepless night recently Maggot, when my kids (8 & 4) decided they wanted to sleep in our VW Camper, on the drive. I thought it was a great idea too, but ended up spending all night in the kitchen, looking out of the window every 18 seconds or so to make sure they were ok.

    Good luck!

  4. Slowgrind

    Slowgrind New Member

    When one of my boys was about ten years old he asked if he and two mates could camp in the back garden overnight. Before nightfall though one of the chums backed out after hearing about a murderer escaping from jail about two hundred miles away. His mum had mentioned that escaped murderers had to sleep somewhere and he could get into our garden? It ended up with only two campers.
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    As an 11-year-old I used to love sleeping out in the 'wild'.
    I'd go to bed as normal, then when my folks went to bed, I'd sneak out and meet up with a couple of mates.
    We'd make a fire and have a fry-up first, of course :biggrin:, then creep into our sleeping bags and tell stories to each other. One of us had an alarm clock and we'd make sure we got home before our families discovered that we were gone. I shared a room with my brother and he was sworn to secrecy. Otherwise he'd get a duffing. :biggrin:
    We didn't go out if it was wet or too cold. :biggrin:
    I think kids should be encouraged/forced :sad: to sleep in the open from time to time; 'tis character building.
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I made th emistake of asking my son if he'd like to sleep out in the tent...the look I got was as if I was asking him to eat shoot.:biggrin:
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    9-year old daughter's best friend is too scared even to sleep over here (this comes and goes, she has slept over a couple of times before), but is always happy to have sleep overs at hers.

    so no worry about the tent thing rearing its head too soon.
  8. OP

    Maggot Guest

    Well that went well. They slept about 45 minutes longer than usual (7.45 not 7.00) then played with the Guinea Pigs for 20 minutes before coming in and having breakfast, they seemed to forget the tv existed!!! Then we went and watched my son play rugby before going to have a picnic and doing a permanent orienteering course. Bloody hell we've been the active family today:biggrin:
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