Educating your child is one of the most important jobs you as a parent or educator have. Without your guidance, children are unable to grow into the well-rounded and contributing members of society that we expect.
Learning school tasks are one thing, but what about after school? What are they learning in the summer? What about on weekend or vacations?
Sure, it can be enough for children simply to be children and play and explore and have fun, but sometimes there are things worth teaching that will help now and later in life.
Fishing is an age-old activity that brings sustenance to countless people around the globe. To many of us in North America, however, it has become something more – a hobby.
There are good things to say both about it’s history as a nourisher and life-bringer, as well as it’s status as a hobby.
To teach a child to fish is to nurture patience, his respect for nature, and introspection.
Start with the basics
Teach your child about the history of fishing on a broad level. Explain how while we get to enjoy it as a hobby, for many people up until very recently (and even persisting today in many second and third world countries, it was a way of life and sometimes the only way to feed a family. If you had nothing, but you knew how to catch fish, you would be eating.
Respecting fishing as an activity with such an important history will help your child understand it and helps you provide good life lessons and things to think about.
After that, go over the types of fishing equipment that is needed. Again, remember that this is about the basics. There is no need to overwhelm your child with all sorts of technological advancements in fishing equipment – for example, he certainly won’t need to know how to use a SONAR device like a fish finder anytime soon!
After these things are covered, you can begin working with your child to actually cast and catch fish. This is a very worthwhile experience in itself, because the time you spend together will influence your child throughout his life. Small moments like this where you teach him or her the ways of life can be monumental pieces of your child’s growth as a person.
Fishing as a Hobby
Now that you have taught the basics and the history of fishing, it is a good idea to promote good habits when it comes to fishing as a hobby.
Not only can you help your child enjoy the outdoors and do some helpful activities, but you can aid him in his discovery of himself. As mentioned above, patience, respect for nature, and introspection can be groomed as a fisherman.
Fishing, while you need to be attentive, does not require your full attention at every possible moment. Many times you will be waiting for a bite with nothing to do except keep a hold of your rod and be still. What a perfect time to think things over and reflect!
A calm, peaceful, quiet place to think can do wonders for a person’s mental well-being, and if you make fishing the time to do that, you will not only enjoy the activity because you’ll be out doing it, but you can train your mind in so many ways that will be beneficial throughout life.
Fishing is something to teach your child outside of school time to connect him or her with reality, nature, and him or herself. It can help the child become more familiar with physical and outdoor activities as well as develop his mind. It’s not necessarily just about the activity itself, but what you do to make the most of that activity that counts.
And who knows, maybe you’ll have a real high class angler on your hands who will be asking you for the newest Humminbird product for Christmas before he’s even 16!