Geocaching sounds like a great idea, so does going to some zumba classes. As I am sitting here thinking it would be hard to get my son and husband to go to a zumba class I had a thought. Why not take turns getting to choose what we do for a family outing. My husband my just select rock climbing (which I noticed from your sparkpage you do). I would find that exciting but never try on my own. My daughter might choose a movie or a play and that would be cool. She actually is not a slug. She is on a swim team, plays soccer and runs with her girl friends. Activities that don't really include her family. The teen years are tough on a mom who has a great kid and you want to be around but the kid is establishing her independence. Thanks for everyones support and thoughful ideas.
Welcome to the team! You've gotten some great tips for your daughter, the only think I might add is geocaching, maybe a treasure hunt would make the activity more appealing to her. Is there any physical activity she really enjoys? maybe bicycling, or zumba classes are more her thing? In any case, she does need to follow her own path, but I can see how it would be nice if you could find a family activity you all enjoy!
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Welcome to the team - wish I could be up there hiking with you because I love the Colorado mountains. As for your daughter, my first thought was 'just wait a few years' because at 14, it's hard to 'get' them to do much of anything they don't want to do! However, if there are any teen hiking groups in your area, she might like to go with them - it could just be that she doesn't want to feel 'trapped' into an outing with her family. Anyway, wish I could help but when my son was 14, he didn't really want to do anything with his mother - that did change quickly when he was old enough for a driver's permit but needed an adult with him to drive - then he 'suddenly' asked if he could go to the store with me, take me to the mall or whatever. My new best friend, haha!
Good luck with your hiking and I hope your daughter catches the spark on that - happy trails!
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Each of us is our own person. She may not be as out dorsey as the rest of you. Or, it might take her a few more years to truly enjoy it. Just keep asking her if she would like to go, if she doesn't then that will be that. Does she enjoy fishing, or anything like that, that is outdoors? If so then have a camping trip now and then. You might be able to get her to walk around that way.
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Colorado Springs has some wonderful hikes, Seven Falls comes to mind. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Great thoughts about my 14 year old, some of you thoughts may be right on but wouldn't even cross my mind. She says it is boring but I know that she is sensitive to discomforts that the rest of us just take as part of being in nature. I'll have to put some thought into how to make it more comfortable and interesting for her. Perhaps inviting a family with a teenage boy to go along would help.
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I'm from PA, but I've been to Colorado a few times to visit friends and general travel. It is beautiful out there! (It's actually a small possibility that I might be moving to the Colorado Springs area soon... not sure. Cross your fingers!!!)
I wasn't huge on hiking when I was about 14 years old either. My issue was that I hated getting bit by mosquitoes. My parents weren't too keen on putting bug sprays on.
Do you know why she doesn't like hiking? Is she slower than the rest of the family and always feels like she needs to catch up? Would she prefer to go faster? Is it the bugs? Maybe the heat/cold? Did something scary happen when she went hiking before? Would it be more interesting for her if she brought a friend? Maybe, it's that she is just 14 years old, and just being a teenager.
I know that I got REALLY into hiking during college when I became a Geology major. I looked at nature a completely different way. It might help if she found a specific interest in nature like flowers, trees, birds, ect.
I don't have any kids, so I can only speak from personal experience. Best wishes! Enjoy your hikes!
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I have been hiking and biking in Jefferson County and the surrounding mountains for the last 15 years and just love it. When I was younger I use to climb the 14ers but now I am perfectly content with any hike with a good view. My husband and son also love to hike. However, my daughter (age 14) absolutely despises it. Any ideas on how to make it more enjoyable for her.
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