Did you know that going on a hike with kids is good not only for their physical health, but their emotional well-being too? Larry and I have always been huge fans of hiking. Over the years, we have had opportunities to hike not only with our grandkids, but other young people as well. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, hiking provides benefits to kids including improved self-confidence and the ability to “rough it” just a little bit. Plus, being outside in fresh air refreshes the soul.

Consider inviting a young person (and their parent or guardian, if you aren’t a family member) to go on a hike. And when I say “hike” perhaps “walk” is all you or your young friend can do. That’s fine too! The important thing is that you spend time listening to and affirming a young mind.

What to talk about? Oh, that’s easy! Try out a few questions from our “Getting to Know You” questionnaire. Really, any inquiry that gets them talking will do.  Think about family and friends with young kids, tweens and teens. Who can you invite to “take a hike” today?

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Updated January, 2022

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.

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