7 Reasons Why You Should Already Be Teaching Your Children to Fish

Updated on April 20, 2020
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A mother and freelance writer, Meagan loves to research and learn new things. Her biggest passion is sharing those things with other people.

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People often misunderstand fishing because they associate it with stinky fish and slimy worms, but there’s so much more to the hobby.

Fishing can be a wonderful way to learn some of life’s most valuable lessons. Lessons that we carry with us throughout our lives. Parents can use it as an educational tool while creating family memories that will last a lifetime.

1. Fishing Gives Children a Better Understanding of Where Their Food Comes From

If you asked your child where the food on their plate came from, would they be able to tell you? Would they be able to explain the process it went through before it got to your kitchen table or just the store that you bought it from?

Many of us are privileged, and we can run down to the local grocery store when we need something, but it has disconnected us from the reality of where we get that food.

Children should understand where the food they eat come from. That knowledge will lay the foundation they will use to make nutritional choices for themselves and their families.

Fishing teaches children one of the many ways we catch food. It shows them the process that our food goes through before it’s edible. Even if you don’t keep the fish you catch, you can explain what would have happened if you had.

2. Fishing Teaches Children about Important Ecosystems

We have hit a crucial fork in the road. If we don’t start taking better care of our planet now, we will not thrive in the future. It’s our responsibility to teach our children the importance of this so their generation can change the world for the better.

Most areas have laws that govern how many fish you can catch and how big they must be to keep them. If the fish are not the right length, you will need to release them. Teach your children the reasons behind this. If you take too many fish from one area, it could have a negative impact on the ecosystem. If you take young fish, they cannot reproduce.

It’s important that children learn how ecosystems work in order to preserve them. Fishing is a wonderful way to introduce children to nature and teach them this lesson.

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3. Fishing Gives Children a Break from Electronic Devices

When children get bored, they reach for an electronic device. This is the world we live in, and it’s not their fault. Technology is growing and developing every day. There’s always a new app or game to try, but it’s important that children spend time away from the screens.

Fishing can offer this reprieve from electronics and show children the world outside of their bedroom window. It’s a splendid way to spend time together as a family and bond in the quiet moments. Reeling in an enormous fish can be just as much — if not more — fun as earning a high-score on a game.

4. Fishing Teaches Children Patience

Anyone who’s ever been fishing knows, unless you’re lucky, you won’t catch a fish as soon as you throw in your line. Fishing requires a lot of patience in order to be successful.

Patience is something everyone needs to learn because it’s used in almost all aspects of life. It’s difficult for children to understand why being patient is important. They don’t understand why they need to wait for something they want “right now”.

Fishing can teach children patience by demonstrating to them that some things are worth waiting for. They may not enjoy sitting there in silence, but once they see what they caught because of it, they will understand that it was worth it.

5. Fishing Teaches Children the Importance of Being Organized

Being organized is a skill that comes naturally to some people. They realize that having things organized helps them be more productive. For others, this is something that requires practice.

Fishing can teach children that being organized is important. The more organized you are, the better prepared you will be for any problems that arise. If you have everything jumbled into one big mess, you won’t be able to find anything.

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6. Fishing Shows Children the Importance of a Physical Conversation

People rely on electronics to communicate with one another. Instead of making phone calls, we text. Instead of visiting people, we Face-Time. Even if they’re in the same house, we will text each other instead of walking into the other room to ask a question. Social media has put a barrier between people and even though we feel closer, we have never been further apart.

Fishing can teach children the power of a meaningful conversation. One of the best parts about fishing is being able to spend time with someone you care about without other distractions.

7. Fishing Teaches Problem-solving Skills

There are a lot of things that need to be considered when fishing. You need to know what type of bait to use to catch a certain fish, the best weather to fish in, the best depth to fish, etc. When one thing doesn’t work, you may have to alter your approach. Eventually, you will discover what works best in a certain area.

This is how fishing teaches problem-solving skills. Children learn how to accept when something doesn’t work the way they had hoped and find a new solution. Through trial-and-error, they find what works best in each situation. This is a skill that will carry over into many other areas of their lives.

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      • Marcy Bialeschki profile image

        Marcy Bialeschki 

        6 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

        What an awesome article. My family always spent the month of August in Northern Wisconsin fishing before school started. I love to fish, and a lot of the regular "stuff" I know comes from those lessons, talks, and family time spent fishing.

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        Sourav Rana 

        6 weeks ago

        Today's children are getting engulfed in electronic devices like smartphones and video games. It has a mildly adverse effect on their physical and psychological behavior. Parents must try ro encourage them get involved in a physical activity for their good health. Thanks for giving such a useful information in your article.

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        Meagan Ireland 

        6 weeks ago from Maine

        I adored fishing as a kid. I don't know how much my dad adored me throwing mudpies in the water, but if her minded, he never let on. I have been taking my kids fishing since they could hold a pole!

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        Linda Courtney 

        6 weeks ago from Bloomsburg, PA

        What a great article Meagan! My dad took me fishing from a young age and taught me a lot of these things mentioned. I have many pleasant memories of my dad and I fishing and talking and watching the wildlife around us. I saw my first ever bald eagle while fishing. More people should try this!

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