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  • Couple Took 4-Year-Old Daughter Hiking! 'One Of The Best Experiences We Had As Family'

    One dad said their hiking experience is top-tier.
    by Angela Baylon .
Couple Took 4-Year-Old Daughter Hiking! 'One Of The Best Experiences We Had As Family'
PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco
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    If you're looking to take your family bonding to a whole other level, hiking is the way to go! You might be thinking that it's going to be a mountain of challenge (both literally and figuratively) if you have kids, but one dad proved this notion wrong. 

    "When we went up, it was one of the best experience we had as a family. Lalo na sa anak ko, and so far hindi pa siya napapantayan," daddy Mansour Cayco shared in a Facebook post.

    Mansour and his wife, Sherica Malabo, lead an active lifestyle and they have always believed in the benefits of being one with nature to one's mental and physical health. "Being in the training industry and having a bit of idea how the mind works, talagang mas ine-encourage namin ni wife ang outdoor adventures, " Mansour tells SmartParenting.com.ph.

    So, when the COVID-19 restrictions started to ease up, Mansour and Sherica took it as a chance to take their 4-year-old daughter, Una, to a new adventure — up Mt. Kulis in Tanay, Rizal.

    Being on a budget, the family of three opted to book for a group tour for Php1,200 per person. Mansour admits it wasn't the best idea to take on a group tour, mainly because of the fact that you don't have complete control over your trip.


    But instead of highlighting the cons, the family just made the most out of the experience. "At the end of the day, instead na magreklamo gagawa tayo ng paraan," Mansour said.

    He adds, "it's always a learning process for outdoor adventures. Some exceed your expectations, some okay lang. In the end, nasa sa inyo pa rin paano i-appreciate at mag-have fun."

    Hiking with family

    "Hindi pambata."

    Mansour received this comment while they were hiking up Mt. Kulis but the adventurous parents knew their daughter was active and healthy enough to take on the challenge ahead. True enough, Una did not have any problems reaching the summit.

    Cayco family at the Mt. Kulis summit.
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco

    On the way to the top, there were Instagrammable spots to take pictures at, like the spider web made out of rope and a hanging bridge.

    Una braved the heights on the spider web-like attraction.
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco
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    Mansour said the hanging bridge is just for photo purposes and visitors can only go up to the middle part.
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco

    Mansour. however, made a disclaimer that the queue to take a picture in these spots could take 20 minutes to an hour. He suggests going on a weekday to avoid the crowd.

    The family also got to freshen-up while dipping in a mini-falls and stream along the hiking trail. 

    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco

    In an unexpected  turn of events, the group got lost along the way, which became a welcome surprise for the family. Because of the detour, they got to visit a couple of caves and another mountain trail.

    Mansour and his family did not expect to get a cave tour until they accidentally chanced upon one along the way.
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco
    PHOTO BY Mansour Cayco

    Why hiking is perfect for family bonding

    All in all, Mansour says going hiking with his family was a learning experience and they will definitely do it again some other time. For him, it was priceless to create new memories with his wife and child.


    "The best part is that it opens up my kid to new experiences that contribute to her mental development. I never had these experiences when I was her age. And it's not just her, as a family masarap na may nararanasan kaming bago at magkakasama namin siyang naeexperience," the girl dad says.

    If there is one lesson Mansour learned that he wants to share with other parents, it's that we should never doubt what our kids can do. Instead of being confined in fear, kids can gain more confidence and their room for improvement can widen if parents are encouraging and supportive.

    "Huwag natin i-limit sa box or standards natin ang dapat iparanas sa kanila...I think we always limit our perception of what kids can do and base our personal standards on them which is...a bad practice," Mansour shares.

    Have you tried hiking with your family? If not, this may be the perfect time to mark your next weekend for some outdoor adventure. And if you do, share your experience by joining our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village. We'll be waiting for your adventure storytime there!

    After your trip to Mt Kulis, why not follow it with a trip to a farm? Click here for a virtual tour around a family-friendly farm resort also in Tanay, Rizal.

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