So, I tried taking my kids out for a hike in the countryside today and neither of them enjoyed it. My 15 year old, who is usually quite active, complained it was boring and a waste of time. My 13 year old, who considers climbing the stairs to be an extreme sport and eats the entire stock of about 7 supermarkets every day, was tired and hungry and constantly trying to get an internet connection on his phone. After about 3/4 of a mile we walked through some muddy-ish grass and my 15 year old complained about getting his shoes dirty, and after about a mile we reached a small fence about 4ft high and after about 10 mins of trying to push Dylan's fat belly and bum over the fence assisting my 13 year old(Dylan) we found that he couldn't go any further and I returned towards the car with my two unhappy kids
I want my kids to enjoy and participate in this kind of activity, anyone got any methods of encouragement for them ?
re 'Good places for climbing' - you'd have to say whereabouts in the Country you are - I know of 2 indoor climbing places in my City, but not good if you don't live in the area. Climbing is actually quite expensive as my dcs hobbies go, except when she goes with the Scouts and they go outside, or on climbing walls at Scout Centres , but of course your lads would have to be Scouts to take that.
I have DSes about the age of yours. We just pretty much insist they participate in wider events with extended family, old family friends, godparents etc, and the odd week holiday. Other than that we don't drag them around with us. They find it boring now.