Our kids are 3 and 5 years old. They want to be involved in everything. They see us covered in itchy fiberglass and they’re trying to get on our shoulders to rip it off the ceiling. Stay back kids! BACK! They see the power washer out, and they pretend that they’re using it.
Meanwhile, we’re just trying to get stuff done, and keep the hazardous materials far away from the kids. It’s hard.
Here are 5 ways that you can get your kids involved without them being underfoot.
Washing. Washing. Washing.
No matter how hard you try, your Airstream could always be cleaner. Give the kids some soft washing mitts, water, and lots and lots of soap. They’ll have a blast.
If you’ve found yourself in the position of entirely gutting your vintage Airstream, you may be considering a brand new layout. Give your kids some crayons and paper and let them draw up some of their ideal blueprints. You might be surprised on their clever ideas.
Give ’em Hammers. Give ’em Screwdrivers.
Our vintage Airstream’s floor was rotted due to the previous owner’s lack of care and concern. We gave our kids (ages 3 and 5) hammers and screwdrivers and let them pull up old screws, nails, and staples. It was a great way to introduce them to tools, and a fantastic way to keep them busy without them getting in the way. With older kids, you can teach them how to use power tools. They’ll feel empowered and useful, and it’s a great way to connect with your kids.
If you are documenting your renovation, let your kids help with the photographic documentation. If you’re traveling, give them a camera. If you’re living on an Airstream full-time, for the love of all things riveted, LET THEM DOCUMENT IT. Airstream life is amazing. We own a JVC Quad Proof video camera that is not only waterproof, but drop proof too. I let my kids take video of us working on our projects.
This is a great one for any age. Keep them excited about the Airstream by allowing them to help out with the trip planning. Whether they’re 2 or 16, they will certainly have some opinions on where they’d like to go. It might be the backyard or a summer-long trip. You’ll never know if you don’t ask.
Justin and I love camping. Our second date was a camping trip, and we’ve been camping every summer since. We slowed down a little with the trips once we had kids, but not by much. Now that we own an Airstream, we want to keep the excitement alive with the kids. Some days it’s hard because we’re making a terrible, stinky mess with our renovations, but we still try to make sure that our kids are involved.
It’s so, so worth it.
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