Your kids aren’t going to be little forever, so you should take the opportunity to spend time with them as often as you can. One of the best ways to do this is by taking your child or your children fishing. In the state of Minnesota, June 9 through June 11 is Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend, and it offers parents and older siblings a chance to connect with their kids and younger brothers or sisters by taking them to fish. You don’t have to wait for this fishing weekend to go out and cast lines, however – there’s plenty of reasons to take your kids fishing at other times of the year, too. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you and your anglers-in-training should grab the poles and head to the water.
It will keep them off their cellphones and tablets for a while.
Do you find that your kids are using technology all the time? Technology can be a great thing, but it can also cause your kids to lose the connections they have with those closest to them. By taking your kids fishing, you will force them to get off their phones and tablets and show them that they don’t need to be connected 24/7 to have fun. Expose them to fishing as a new hobby and watch it turn into a passion they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
It will allow you to talk with them without forcing the issue.
When is the last time you sat down and had a quality talk with your kids? It can be difficult to do in this day and age due to all of the distractions that exist. When you’re fishing, though, it’s easy to start up a conversation about just about anything and to have that conversation without it feeling forced. Whether your kids are on the younger side or teenagers, fishing will give you the time you need to sit down and really talk about everything that’s going on in life.
It will teach them to appreciate nature.
Too many kids in the digital age have never been out on a lake or down by a river with a fishing pole in their hands. As a result, they are missing out on seeing some of the wonders and natural delights that the world offers. Taking your children fishing will give you the chance to teach them about the importance of nature and show them why they need to appreciate it, preserve it, and not take it for granted.
It will show them how to be patient.
Patience really is a virtue, and far too often these days, kids don’t know how to be patient. In a time of smartphones, entertainment on demand, and constant connectivity, today’s children have become so used to getting what they want within minutes or even seconds of asking for it. Fishing forces you to be patient as you wait for a fish to take the bait. Showing your kids how to cast and how and when to reel in a line will teach your kids about why patience is something they should value – especially when they reel in their first fish as a reward for waiting.
Do you want to plan a fishing trip for you and your kids? If so, walleye season starts in Minnesota in just a few weeks, meaning it’s a great time to get out on Gull Lake to try and catch some fish. Eagle Ridge Resort can set you and your family up with a weekend or a week of relaxation, fishing and fun. Check out the Minnesota Fishing Regulations guide to learn more about the specific dates and restrictions for fishing throughout the state, and give us a call at 218-586-2700 to book your family getaway to Eagle Ridge Resort.