You know how older people talk about fishing, like it was this incredible thing that they experienced long ago, back in the old days? They speak with such forlorn reverence about days gone by, and it is my aim to capture that essence to pass on to my kids. Whenever we get the chance to go fishing on “just guys” type trips, we experience some of our greatest father-son moments.
Of all the things I can do with my children, fishing is definitely in my top 5 because it offers so much more than just casting a line. It’s an activity that gets us out of our typical environment and puts us in close proximity to the ocean, which is always relaxing. It allows us to do something fun, with concentration, and provides an excellent way to unwind from the chaos and stress of everyday life. It also serves as some of the best bonding time we’ve ever spent together, which in and of itself is priceless. Kids really need time outdoors, away from the distractions of technology, to be able to understand the world around them. Fishing teaches patience, problem solving, and the beauty of being present; all fantastic virtues their lives will benefit from exponentially.
Kids have a tendency to be vague, and I have found that when it comes to getting on their level and having deep conversations with them, one of the best instigators to such moments is fishing. This happens, I believe, because they are relaxed, and they feel the positive attention is on them at that moment. When we’re out of our typical element, we are able to connect on a deeper level, and it has served really well to strengthen our relationships. I love when my kids feel comfortable enough to open up to me, leaving the door open to have really good, long conversations about everything going on in their lives.
Days spent fishing with my kids are the best. Even if we catch nothing at all, it’s those moments and that time spent together that mean everything. I absolutely suggest trying it with your own loved ones!