Raising children can be tough. It can feel like there are a million responsibilities to take care of before you even focus on your own daily tasks, and all this is coupled with the fear that you’re missing vital developmental duties that will culminate in either a great person or one with gaping personality flaws. Of course, worrying overly about this is a great way to prevent your children from learning about the world themselves. Sometimes, you just have to take a relative step back, and know what lessons are valuable to teach. The upside of all of this responsibility is that having children imbues your life with meaning, can help you develop and experience one of the most intimate relationships known on Earth, and can make your years of adulthood fully worth it. Every cringy thing you hear about the love of parenting is absolutely true, so it’s no wonder why having children is high on the agenda of most people.
One of the most pressing tasks to take care of is spending quality time with your children. This is not a ‘task’ so much as it’s a pressing responsibility. If you fail to do this (which also robs you of valuable experience,) you will find that your relationship never develops. This can leave a child feeling unwanted, and as such lend them a form of emotional trauma. The worst part is that spending time with your children should be the ultimate time of recreation for you – it’s positive through and through from all angles. Here are the best three activities to facilitate this time together:
Activities can be a wonderful time. However, if you’re both too engaged in an activity, you can forget to interact with one another. This is the same philosophy that makes viewing a movie with a new date the wrong course of action – it takes away the focus from one another. When you want to spend time with someone, they should be the focus and the activity comes second. Fishing is perfect for this because while it takes patience, timing and dedication, the depth of the hobby also allows for long firm conversations. It can be a great thing to slowly teach your child, using all of the apparatus such as a personalized rod for both of you and one fishing bait pouch per person. Heading out on a fishing boat or sitting by the riverside is a beautiful experience, particularly if you are allowed your own low-volume music on the fishing trail.
Hiking and camping with your child follows this same philosophy. Walking in nature with your children allows you to converse, and also explore at the same time. If they’re the kind of child that prefers novelty, this can be a fun adventure for you both. Camping (even close to home) can also feel like an expedition the two of you share.
Charting the path together, heading on local nature trails, taking in the sights and seeing the landmarks in the local region will give you both plenty of memories to craft. This one on one time takes you out of the limit of your daily schedule, giving you something new to experience and ultimately—these are the moments that matter.
One one one time is not a grim duty to be carried out for your child. It’s something that enriches your life together, so long as you carry it out well.
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