Every time I would try to take the kids hiking he would pitch a fit. I brought candy; he still didn't want to hike. I threatened to take away a toy; it didn't make a difference. Finally I found a few things that got him to go hiking again.
- Mud. All I had to do was ask him if he wanted to go find mud and he was ready.
- Bubbles. In my experience, most kids love bubbles. For now, the only place we play with bubbles in on the trail.
Design outdoor activities around what already interests your child.
Duh. I think I was assuming my son would love hiking for same reasons I do, just being outside and in nature. He does like hiking but still needs a little extra stimulation. Our hikes aren't perfect and I still have to work to keep my son excited, but at least we are hiking.
Honestly, my son tends to not want to do anything I want him to do. Do you have any children like that? Here are a few resources that have helped me manage power struggles.