Teaching Kids to Fish According to Mom

By Lise Garneau

Ask a mom what she thinks is important on the topic of fishing and she will probably come up with completely different thoughts on the topic. Moms are just made that way. But seeing that I'm a mom, I think that my points are valid. But to be fair, I did ask my husband what he considered important and that's how we came up with "Teaching Kids to Fish According to Dad."

*Kids are growing up in a different world than the one we remember. Even the games they play are different. All of these things have to be taken into account when teaching a child to fish. Fishing isn't like playing a game on the computer. They suddenly have to learn how to sit still and be patient. So, when they show signs of boredom, it's time to quit for the day. If fishing is to become something that they enjoy, it has to be taught a little bit at a time.

*Before you set out for a few hours on the lake, ask your kids what they expect. And if that is about catching a zillion fish, be sure to point out that this is only a nice side benefit. They are going to be times when the fish won't co-operate, but it doesn't have to ruin the day. There is so much more to enjoy.

*Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen and clothes that will keep them comfortable throughout the day. Sunburn or a chilly wind can ruin the best of intentions.

*When you are packing your picnic lunch, I have a few more things that you are going to need.
-bandages
-antiseptic cream
-insect repellant
-sunscreen
-hat and sunglasses
-life jacket that fits your child
-lots of snacks

Thinking back...
Believe it or not, I used to be one of the guys when it came to fishing - at least when I was five years old. Then I discovered that worms wiggled in your hands. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the sport. I just didn't want to touch those worms... must be a girl thing.

*That's it - now go out and have a great day!

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