In today’s world, there is a sea of electronic devices that have kids sitting still more than ever before. There are gaming consoles and phones that are in kids’ hands all day long. So, getting them out and disconnected from all their devices is important to their well being and social skills. It is also important to enjoy some uninterrupted time with them for their parents as well. It is not just the kids that are tied to these devices but the parents too. So, when you go on a fishing trip, go with the mindset that you will not be checking your phone. Turn off all notifications. Yes, you can take it for safety reasons, but you don’t need to be on it or check it for any reason. And, get to know your child. They do grow up too fast and you are their biggest influence. Show them that you truly do care about them more than any device as they spend the day with your fishing.
Fishing is a great way to take some time off the grid and truly enjoy nature. It is something that has been around since before Jesus. It is a staple in some communities as a way of living. Fishing is also a fun sport that can be handed down from generation to generation. And, there are all kinds of different ways to go fishing from boats to on land, ponds, and lakes to rivers and streams. There are all kinds of different fish as well. Teaching your children what the different kinds are is important. Doing this in the flesh rather than some video game or in a book makes it all that more real to them. And, showing them how to clean them gives them a valuable life skill that they can to pass down to the next generation.
Be in the Present and Fish!
Fishing is a time to reflect on life. Usually, there is some time that you are just hanging out together and can chit chat about anything that is going on in your world. Kids are smart and they pick up on your emotions so be open and honest with them and they will be open and honest with you. Open up a bit on your thoughts and how proud you are of them for their accomplishments and trials. This is a great time to connect with them and get to know them as a person. Remember, they will not be a small child for long and they have their own thoughts, minds, and dreams, dream with them!
A child’s mind is very creative. It is full of dreams and wonders and allow yourself to follow those dreams and wonders yourself. Follow along as they tell you things that they have seen today or ask them what they want to be when they are older. Stimulated thoughts can be very interesting in a small child. Watch as they follow along to your fishing instructions. Take time to really be in the present with them. You as well as they will remember this for the rest of your life. Take time to enjoy the now.