Heading to the lake? Why not bring your child with you. More than catching fish, you’ll have an opportunity to reconnect and relax together. Here are some great things that fishing can do:
Bonding – While many parents will visit the lake as a way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life, consider bringing your little one with you. Fishing together gives you a chance to spend some one-on-one time together without worrying about what you have to do and where you have to be next.
Communication – As there is little to do while fishing, the pastime will more than likely include lots of conversation. You may find yourself talking about everything from school to sports to pets. Remember, communication is a two-way street and you need to be ready to listen as well as to speak.
Shared Activity – Every parent should have at least one activity they enjoy doing with eachof their children. While you can still participate in various hobbies and such, there needs to be at least one that both parties view as a parent-child “thing” they do together. Having something you to do together gives you common ground.
Teaching a Skill – Children love to do big kid things- especially when they get to do it with mom or dad. What they do after that knowledge has been obtained may be different, but most will try just about anything at least once and many more will end up passing on their knowledge onto their own kids down the road someday.
Enjoy Nature- Nature can be a great place to unwind and relax. While few children realize it at first, when provided with the opportunity to connect with nature they’ll eventually figure it out. And as those who love to fish know, fishing can be therapeutic and an easy way to decompress and de-stress in what’s often a beautiful and breathtaking setting.
If the lake is your own personal sanctuary to unwind, introduce your child to it too. This time together can help strengthen your relationship and, if you’re lucky, even provide some good eats for dinner also.