Family Bonding Through Rock Climbing

Image: D. Goh

Rock climbing is catching on here in Singapore. In the last few years there have been rock climbing schools sprouting up all over the island. Many high schools and tertiary schools have rock walls installed on the premises and it is even an extra curriculum activity for the students. It is great that this activity is now also available for younger kids 4 years and up so my boys are able to get a chance to try it out.

During the rock climbing session we attended, we signed up for individual climbs and parent-child climbs.  I felt it was a great idea to try climbing on my own and with my kids as we could scale the walls together and cheer each other on. My 8-year old made it to the top of the wall with the guidance of the instructor. It wasn’t an easy climb and we were rooting for him all the way.  The 5-year old made it only halfway but it was a great attempt on his part. Hubby and I attempted to go all the way but were stuck at the overhung and had to be lowered down after making it 3/4 of the way up.

Parent child climbing was a great experience for me. I find rock climbing an excellent sport as it is both physically and mentally challenging; one has to plan the path to take and coordinate both hand and leg movements to be able to ascend to the summit. If too much energy was spent during the initial part of the climb one would certainly be exhausted by the time the overhung at the top, the point of the real challenge, was reached.

The boys were happy that we were spending time together and doing outdoor sports as a family. They loved it so much that they requested that we should do it as often as possible.

How do you bond as a family?


Dominique Goh, Singaporean elementary school teacher, freelance writer and mom of three who is passionate about parenting and educating kids. In her free time you can see her dabbling in photography, cooking and cake decorating and blogging at Dominique’s Desk.