i apologize in advance if the title of this blog post is misleading. i have no secrets to hiking with toddlers and actually would love to hear your secrets to success. i suppose those of you that follow my instagram or twitter might be misled as well. i realize that i have a decent amount of photos showing a happy babe hiking along in nature and for the most part, she really does love hiking outside. but what i don't post pictures of are the tears and whines about being unable to take another step, the begging for food (as if she'll pass out from such exertion), or the bribes involved in getting her to walk just a little bit further before she gets to ride on daddy's neck. seriously, she's playing us. we've seen this kid run for practically a mile down the beach without stopping and we pick easy/short trails. she loves pointing out special trees or flowers and animal sightings are always a treat. so what's the deal?! and what (if anything) can we do to make sure baby brother doesn't pick up her bad habit of manipulation? any tips are greatly appreciated, or you can always feel free to just commiserate!
don't be fooled by that sweet pose. she was already plotting her fuss.