Should I let my husband take the three year old camping?

Shelly - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband wants to take my three year old camping in a tent with our two older boys which involves sleeping in a tent and going out on a boat. I will be out of state during that weekend so it would just be the four of them, and one other friend and his little girl. I am nervous that he won't be able to keep track of all three of them and the three year old will wander off. Am I being overprotective or do I have a valid concern? I trust my husband, but I don't think the three year old is ready for a camping trip.

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Unless you take the 3 yr old w/u I don't see how you are going to control this one? With you being out of state they can do whatever they want... I don't think that 3 is too young...There will be others around and it sounds like some good wholesome fun! Props to dad!

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

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we are going camping with our kids this summer. although we plan on locking the zipper on the tent - just in case :). as long as she has her life jacket on and daddy will be right there i don't think it should be too bad. my daughter is 3 and loves going with daddy everywhere. she fishes with him and goes on walks and helps him fix his truck. she would be psyched about a weekend camp with dad. my son is almost a year old. he'll go camping with us this summer too. if you're worried about wandering get her one of those backpacks with a "leash" on them and have her hook it in dad's belt. :) we did that at the zoo when our daughter was 2 1/2. :)

Theresa - posted on 03/01/2010

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I think it's GREAT that your husband wants to take all his boys with him. I don't think 3 is too young to go camping. As far a dad being able to handle all the kids. I would think that the older two who must be at least 4 and 5 are old enough to listen and know the rules. Especially since they've been camping with dad already. It does make a difference how old the other boys are and how well they all listen and behave. If dad is around the boys a lot at home and is a hands on dad, then I would sure think he'd ba able to handle it.

Amber - posted on 02/28/2010

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If it makes you feel any better, we have been camping with our kids since they were 6 months old. Granted both of us were there, but as long as the bags/clothes are warm, it shouldnt be a problem. how old are the older ones? I think three is a good age to introduce/take camping. As long as he knows the rules before dad takes him out there, he will be fine (i.e. dont get near the water without daddy there). My dh has taken our son now six hunting since he was two! This year he gets to go to camp with daddy (this is different circumstances, he will be 3 hours by horse in the middle of no where), of course he can't hunt he is too young. hope this helps a little. I think he just needs to know the rules before he gets to go and it needs to be clear for him.

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