Fishing is a great American pastime that you can share with your kids as young as two or three. Just remember to only stay as long as their attention holds because once they think fishing is boring, they may never change their mind.
When your kids are small, make your fishing trips about being out in nature as much as catching fish. Point out interesting flora and fauna as you walk through nature.
Before we get into the benefits of taking your kids fishing, I have a word or two about safety. Keep your eye on your kids while you’re near water, particularly if they can’t swim. If you are in a canoe or boat, make sure all people, including yourself, are wearing life vests. It is also a good idea to remove the barbs off the hooks you will be using. That way, if your kids accidentally get poked with them, it will be much easier and less painful to take them out. Or, you could just use a no-tangle fishing rod.
Fishing teaches patience. When fishing, you need to sit patiently and wait to catch a fish. You can spend 15 minutes, 30 minutes or even the entire trip before you catch one. Fishing is an antidote to the instant gratification, “there’s an app for that” lifestyle kids are used to. The diligence and confidence fishing builds will help them throughout life. The introduction of fishing rods for kids has made taking a kid fishing a lot easier, as they include no-tangle fishing lines.
Fishing is guaranteed bonding time for you and your kids. Chances are you’re on a river bank or out in a boat alone. You’re in a relaxing natural environment and it’s the perfect time to just talk. You can tackle difficult conversations or allow your child to choose the topics. Consider giving your child a kids fishing jersey or spirit jersey before they go out on the water. It might make them a little more excited to do so.
Fishing teaches conservation and nature appreciation. It helps you appreciate the efforts of environmental remediation companies. Whether you eat the fish you catch or use catch-and-release, you can help your children learn the importance of leaving a thriving population for the future. You can also teach them to appreciate the beauty of nature while watching chipmunks chase each other around, hear the breeze rustling through the trees.
Finally, fishing is a timeless activity that you can share with your children, and later in life, with your grandchildren.