This year, a friend and I hiked every trail at Borderland State Park in Easton. It was extremely satisfying to “finish” something, and it feels great to be able to say that we’ve seen and experienced every part of the park. I also feel like I can’t get lost there now–it gave me a great sense of the layout and expanse of the park. I know which trails are least crowded, which are the most rocky and fun for my kids, which are best with a stroller, and which are most peaceful. You can make a similar, perhaps smaller-scale goal with your kids. For example, make a goal to not repeat a hiking trail all summer, to hike in any weather, to hike every weekend, to hike a certain number of miles in a certain amount of time. And then keep track somewhere where the kids can see. The visual accountability piece is powerful with kids. And, for even greater odds of success, recruit another family to pursue the goal with you.

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