We often underestimate what our children can do, and the weekend just been was a good reminder of that for me.
Hubby had organized an rogaine event ( long distance team orienteering ) and the kids were going to be Team Awesome and figure it out themselves.
They marked out their own route, adjusted it when they realized they hadn’t understood the distances involved, and went about running over 7km here and there collecting points, and working together.
Because I was in my own team competing more seriously, and their dad had to take our youngest back to the base due to his being quite sick still and recovering from a tummy bug and fever, the others plus a young friend did it by themselves. Granted the event was on our own farm so we were confident the kids wouldn’t get lost, but they covered way more distance then I would have thought possible, and scaled some pretty rugged hills.
If I had been doing it with them, I would have probably discouraged some of the further away markers that they got, and also taken into account the distances and tried to be realistic. What we forget is that kids don’t know what ‘realistic’ is and without their parents limitations they can achieve some pretty remarkable things.
This is going to be something I pay a bit more attention to for myself. Kids can be pretty amazing if we let them.