Thinking of buying some kiddie tents for the next camping trip, because your kids won’t stop begging for their own tents? But still not sure if it’s really a good idea? It’s nothing to feel bad about. Parents simply cannot help but worry about the safety of our children. To make yourself feel better, take a closer look at your children (and yourself). Afterward, you should feel much more comfortable with your decision.
4 questions to determine if your family is ready to add kids tents:
- How old are your children?
- How independent are they?
- How responsible are they?
- Are you comfortable with them sleeping alone?
Question no. # 1: How old are your children?
School kids should be doing pretty well sleeping in their own kiddie tents. They already do a lot of things alone and are used to being without you for longer periods. Younger children are better off staying with their parents. Or you can get older children’s tents and let them sleep together with their older siblings.
Question # 2: How independent are your children?
Older children shouldn’t have a problem, but younger children may not be comfortable sleeping alone, especially when they are used to having you around at night. They may also need help dressing, finding the bathroom, or going to the bathroom. If your children may not be comfortable alone or independent enough, keep them with you or let them sleep with their older siblings in your children’s tents.
Question # 3: How responsible are your children?
Some children are more responsible than others, and younger children may be more responsible than others who are older. But a 3-year-old can just go off in search of an adventure without thinking and get lost in the camp. Teens often get into mischief and it is difficult to control them when they sleep in their own children’s tents. If your children follow the rules well, don’t worry about them sleeping alone. If you can’t trust them to behave, it’s best to keep them in the family store where you can keep an eye on them.
Question # 4: Are you comfortable sleeping alone?
You should also be comfortable with this. If you stay up all night worrying about your children, maybe buying children’s tents is not a good idea. But in general, you do not have to worry about the safety of your children at camp. They are in no more danger than at home, as they are surrounded by many quiet campers. If you answered the questions above and decided that your children can be alone, they will be fine.
Kids tents are so much fun and your kids will enjoy them. If you also have very young children, use two children’s tents, but do not group the children by age as you normally would. Rather, place an older child with a younger one, so you know the little ones are well cared for. They will feel more secure that way, too.