Camping + Kids = Sleep

For 5 nights in July, we packed our rented RV and headed out to Crimson Lake Provincial Park.  We are not regular campers, hence the rented RV.  But we love to get out of the city and spend a few days being at one with nature (not to mention outhouses!)  We were lucky enough to have my sister and her family join us, as they are seasoned campers. So in all there were 5 kids.  Lots of fun memories were made with the cousins for sure.

We all loved the nightly campfires, sitting around visiting and roasting marshmallows. And the most beautiful thing happened….  All of the kids ranging from  2-11 years old went to bed easily and slept well.

When you have a mom as a sleep consultant, you can imagine that our kids have a pretty strict bedtime and routine.  We eased up a bit during this trip. And it was very amazing when our kids ages 6, 9 and 11 all went to bed without being told. They would say,  ” I am getting tired, I am going to go to bed.”  It was one of the those parenting moments when I felt all of our hard work had paid off.  They recognized they felt tired and they knew that sleep feels good, so they saw themselves off to bed.  My husband and I would go help with the teeth brushing and then tuck them in and head back to the camp fire.

And my niece and nephew slept great too. My nephew who is almost 2 would give everyone a hug around the campfire and then his mom would take him in the trailer for a bath and some bedtime songs.  One night I went inside with them to witness the routine.  Once the three songs they sing every night at bedtime were finished, he would say,  “Done, Cib(Crib)” and off to bed he went. They turned on his white noise and said goodnight. His sleeping area was super dark as they had put tin foil on the window when they arrived. And every afternoon he had a 3 hour nap.  He needed his rest from playing in the lake all morning!

The only issue we had in the 5 nights was one evening a thunderstorm rolled through right at bedtime.  With thunder shaking the RV, it delayed bedtime a bit.

I am not sure which I enjoyed more….The natural beauty our province has to offer or the beauty of children who sleep great.  Luckily, I got to experience both.
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