One of the greatest things about fishing is that it is a hobby you can enjoy at any age. No matter how old or young you are, you can still learn bait a hook, cast a line and fish. Fishing also provides an opportunity for families to spend some quality time together out in nature while learning some important lessons. Teaching your children to fish will not only give them a hobby that they can share with their own kids someday, but it will help them to learn about patience, problem solving and how to be present in the moment.
In a world where technology allows us to answer almost any question in less than a minute, patience is a tough skill to teach. A virtue that encourages us to keep trying and to work hard to reach our goals, patience is a skill we can all work to improve. Spending a day on the lake, fishing pole in hand, will give you the opportunity to show your children that patience pays off! With a bit of time, the right set of tools and a little luck, you will catch a fish. Maybe it doesn’t happen your first time on the water, but with enough patience and perseverance your children will succeed, and learn a great lesson along the way!
Another key to success is the ability to problem solve, and fishing can help teach just that. From the weather to the time of day to the type of lure you are using, there are so many components to why the fish are – or are not – biting. Fishing with your family provides the chance to teach problem solving skills. Show your children the tricks of the trade and help them to come up with alternatives to try, whether it is a better location or a different type of bait, to teach problem solving skills. The smile on their faces when they get a fish on their line after coming up with a new idea or solution will be a worthy reward.
One of the best gifts you can give your children is to teach them the ability to be present in the moment and enjoy what is going on here and now. Getting out and enjoying nature is one of the best ways to do so. There are so many sights and sounds to take in while your fishing, giving you the perfect opportunity to just sit back and relax, taking in every experience as it comes.
Here at Lawrence Bay Lodge, we love when families come to visit us and when parents pass down their love of fishing to their children. Spend some time with us on Reindeer Lake, learning with your family about all the great things that fishing has to offer, including delicious meals. We look forward to seeing you this season!