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Old 06-15-2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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They'll complain (our son does now) but when they get older, will understand the benefit from those trips.
My daughter proudly told her friends that she "knows how to play with rocks and sticks!" That just made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Old 06-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #22
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Of course there were no cell phones, iPods, etc. to mess with their heads. .
I never supplied any of that crap either. She just got her first kindle about 6 months ago and she got that herself. She is 19 after all. I never said she couldn't have it, I'm just not buying it!
Growing up she was lucky to have basic cable and a bike....we are such terrible parents.

Must not have been too painful for her, she still wants to vacation with us.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:48 AM   #23
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I have a 13 year old granddaughter and a 15 year old grandson that love's to go...they do each bringva friend....the campground has a lot of amenities... honestly I think the biggest reason they love it is because of all the teens that are there..
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:13 PM   #24
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When I was a kid (51 now) my parents took us camping for every vacation, all over North America. Parents also wanted their kids to have jobs. Around age 15 or 16, each of us four kids stopped camping with mom and dad. Work and school needed attention.

As life moved on, each of the two sons purchased campers and once again went camping with mom and dad.

Now mom and dad are too old and not in a good enough condition to camp. The twist to the story is, their oldest son is making this post from a camper. Camping might be the best gift my parents ever gave me.
X elventy!

Mom and Dad took us on a 2 week tent camping vacation EVERY year as far back as I can remember. We covered every state in the lower 48, except NY and CA. Got to stay in a "road side motel" (the little cottage type) once a week. Dad drove a station wagon until all the kids were grown and moved out, but also owned a Ford truck for driving to work and stuff on the farm. We'd fight over who got to sit in those pop-up bench seats in the back. But when that model came out (there was 4 of us) it stopped the fighting over who got a window seat!

I've been to Carlsbad Caverns, Royal Gorge, Painted Desert, seen Old Faithful blow, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Pike's Peak, Ruby Falls, name it, I've been there. I've got boxes full of pictures Mom took with her little Brownie camera. (so few pics of her on those trips though, as she was always behind the camera, until one of us kids got old enough to take the pics)

Down in Ruby Falls Mom dropped her purse over the rail of a small bridge over an underground stream. Dad jumped over the rail and went after it as it bobble/floated toward the darkness as the stream went deeper underground, because "it was all the money we had with us". Dad has NEVER had a credit card in his life, and he's about to be 86 years old. It's cash or it doesn't happen with him.

That stuck with me all these years, (I was probably 6 years old when it happened) so a couple of years ago I asked Dad:
How much money did you take with us every year for those vacations back then?

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$200.00

Those truly *were* the good old days.

I miss those road side parks, where we'd stop and Mom and Dad would pull out the ice chest and we'd have cold cut sandwiches and tea from a jug.

More nostalgia; Every year, just before vacation time, Mom got out the Sears and Roebuck catalog and ordered "vacation outfits" for us, just like she did just before school started each year which was a real treat, since so many of the clothes for us girls were made by her on her faithful Singer sewing machine. We three girls got "culottes" and matching blouses, my brother got new jeans and shirts, for vacation. We all got sandals and new socks. Wish I had asked her how much she spent on all those clothes before she passed away.

Mom was dedicated to making sure her kids were dressed *well*, since she wore mostly clothes made from flour sacks growing up. She also made sure my Dad was dressed to the nines, perusing that catalog and ordering dress suits and shirts, and khaki pants and shirts for work.

I miss her.


Yes, I realize I got WAY off track here. sorry (sniffing)
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:28 PM   #25
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This is too funny, once they reach those teen when ever that may be, they tend to want to start there on independence. I can remember when this was me. (Teen) My wife is all about the kids being around, our children are all young adults and have There on lives. Think about all the things you done with your parents and think back how much fun you had. Pricesless ...

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I never supplied any of that crap either...
Wasn't invented yet!
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I'm loving the stories. My husband and I are 60 and both of us are lifelong campers. Just graduated to a TT last summer from tents and a pop up.

The 12 year old grandson mentioned in our earlier post is a Boy Scout who plans to make eagle in the next few years, so outdoorsy activities are just up his alley. He lives with us full time, so he goes with us everywhere.

His 19 year old sister came for a visit earlier this year and camped with us for the first time in the TT. When we asked her what she thought, she said she missed the"ambiance" of tent camping. That was a pleasant surprise.

Our grandkids range from 21 to 4 months. The older ones always talk about our camping adventures. So do the adult kids.

Sometimes I think you're a "camper" or you're not. I'm glad I am!
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #28
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He has to come...but having a whiny attitude uncooperative PITA along a vacation means it's no vacation!

Hence my asking...

He seems OK once we get there...but planning and packing..no fun at all.
My kids are older and grown up now, but I had a hard and fast method about dealing with the whining, and the mopey attitude and all that.

#1, they had to go, like it or not. #2 if they wanna complain and whine, I would put them in the camper by themselves with no tv, books or nothing. I'd tell them if they want to participate and enjoy themselves, they could join us at the campfire or whatever activity we were doing. But if they just want to complain about how horrible their life is, they can do it somewhere where I can't hear them. If they decided to rejoin us, and went back with the attitude, then they were stuck in the camper the whole night, no matter what.

Sitting around a campfire with your family may not be as 'cool' or fun as hanging out with their freinds, but it sure beats the hell out of being bored to tears sitting alone in a camper with nothing to do.

I can say it worked. Because neither of my boys gave me much trouble when camping. (at least, not after the rules were explained to them)

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:45 PM   #29
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Our 14 year old son gives us attitude for just about anything. I choose to ignore it and tell him nicely that when he is 18, he can make choices and can stay home. He is fine for the most part, and the benefits of camping and family time are worth dealing with a "whole lot of attitude" at times. I just have to put on my big girl parenting pants to deal with him at times.
LOL.
I can remember hearing, 10,000 times 'when you pay the bills you make the rules' and 'if you think it's better someplace else, there's the door- don't let it hit you in the ...on the way out'.

Maybe it's time to repeat what I was told all those years ago.

BTW, worked a 50th HS reunion over the weekend and one of the speakers did a 'top 10' list, the number 1 was "Grandkids are the reward you get for not killing your teenagers"...I almost busted a gut
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I have a 13 year old granddaughter and a 15 year old grandson that love's to go...they do each bringva friend....the campground has a lot of amenities... honestly I think the biggest reason they love it is because of all the teens that are there..
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Unfortunately we don't get 'every weekend' so they make friends with others that do the same. Our CG doesn't have a lot of kids, compared to some we've visited. Our neighbors last time commented on that, in a very happy way, as they're last CG was full of 'half naked kids riding bikes and running around and ruling the pool'. (aka kids in swimsuits from 10am to 11pm). Been to CGs like that - great for kids I guess, but I appreciate their point.
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