Another favorite activity that has been around forever but is still alive and kicking is fishing. Do you have a fishing story? I hope you do. Some of my best memories of my grandmother’s house are centered around the pond in her back yard. As small children we would head down to this pond daily on our summer visits with cane poles and a piece of white bread in tow. I remember this so well. The still water, the cool fact that she had a pond and we didn’t, the feel of the white bread balls between my fingers and how they stuck on the hook, the fact that my brother would be able to take the fish off the hook since the fish gut thing grossed me out when they swallowed the hook, and the tremendous thrill of success as we caught those hand size yellow fish. This memory is etched in my brain. It is so clear and so vivid that I smile just typing this. I felt so ‘big’ when I was catching those fish.
So what are the big benefits? Here you go:
PATIENCE! There is no fast forward button on a fishing pole. Everything is generally slow paced. Exciting but slow.
Relaxing. Holding a fishing pole is relaxing, or it should be. Your child should be able to relax and do nothing for periods of time, this is good practice.
Enjoying outdoors. Once the pole is set it is easy to watch and focus on nature in a way that we generally don’t do when we are just passing by it.
De-stress. Fishing is stress free.
Communicate and connect with others. Fishing provides great social platform for practicing communication skills.
Skill. There is a skill to fishing that can be built upon and improved.
Being alone with your thoughts. While is is great fun to fish with a buddy it is also one of those activities that can be done alone. Remember that it is good to teach you child how to be alone with himself, unplugged and able to hear himself think. That is a learned skill that needs practice. Constant high strung entertainment is not healthy.
Rewarding! Fishing builds success pathways and as you get better the reward is very clear: more fish!