With schools having just broken up, many parents will be facing the all-too-familiar sight of their children holed up in dark rooms, playing endless hours of video games, or scrolling through smartphones. Don’t get us wrong, video games can be great fun, and it’s understandably hard for other activities to compete with the instant gratification technology brings our kids. However, if you’re determined to get them into an activity that will not only get them outside, but that they’ll genuinely enjoy doing, we recommend taking them out to the bank. Here are 4 great reasons why you should use this summer to get your kids into fishing.
Like we said, technology can be a great thing. We have infinite knowledge at our fingertips, and some videogames have even been shown to improve skills like problem-solving and hand eye coordination. However, too much of something is never a good thing, and kids need to have a good amount of being out and active scheduled into their routines to keep a healthy balance.
Video games are built on a challenge-reward system that makes the player feel accomplished - and we all know how fantastic it feels when a particularly challenging fishing trip yields big rewards. Fishing is a way of getting children outside, while still giving them that sense of achievement that’ll keep them going back time and time again.
Fishing isn’t necessarily a solo activity – nor is it just for adults. Try taking your partner and children along for a fishing trip if you haven’t already. This group activity combines the joys of learning/experiencing a new skill together with a healthy dose of competition, and is guaranteed to make summer memories your family won’t forget.
Plus, if you’re an angler yourself, the added benefit of getting your family into fishing is that you won’t have to endure dull, family-friendly activities that you have zero interest in anymore – it’s a win-win!
For better or worse, times have changed. Many parents find that schools equip their kids with skills that’ll help them pass exams, but not with practical abilities that can help them in life and leisure. Fishing has numerous benefits: not only does it improve strength, stamina and hand-eye coordination, casting a line out on the bank has also been proven to significantly reduce stress levels.
Fishing also gives kids a better understanding of the natural world. Patiently observing their surroundings in the outdoors reminds them of where natural resources come from, and the importance of conservation. You can even get them involved in looking after their local fishing spots, protecting waters and cleaning up the banks, along with practicing safe fish-care techniques.
More and more people are now getting into fishing, particularly women and children, thanks in part to events such as National Fishing Month. Keep an eye out for these, as often they provide the instruction, gear and licenses needed to get beginners into catching fish.
By passing the skill and love of fishing to your children, you’ll be inadvertently passing it to your grandchildren too. Kids who grow up fishing won’t remember the hours they’ll scrolling through Facebook, they’ll remember the times their family spent together, and want to share these memories with their own children.
We could talk all day about the benefits of fishing, and sharing it with your children, but there’s really no better way to learn about the advantages than getting out there with your kids yourself. This month is National Fishing Month in the UK, which offers a number of great events to help get families into fishing. For more on what it is, and how you can get involved, click here to read our recent National Fishing Month blog post.