Fishing at Age 2

Timothy Brown |

fishing-age-two​Fishing is a great skill to learn when you are young, or any age. Clearly, there are benefits to learning key skills and values when we are young that can have an incredible impact on our lives.

On a recent family vacation, I had a great time taking my two year old daughter Grace fishing. This was a cheap activity that we both had fun doing. We purchased the fishing pole, line, and bait for $30 and we were good to go.   It was Grace's first time fishing and she was totally “hooked”.  This made me think about other things that would bring great joy to Grace over her lifetime.  I came up with three important things I can teach her that will have a positive impact on her financially for the rest of her life.

  1. Learn to be content: Wherever you are in life, if you can be content with what you have you can be happy. Be thankful for those around you, your health, and nature.  While I am a big believer in goals, enjoying the journey will make you much happier, and happier to be around. By learning to fish, we can have a fun thing to do almost wherever we go. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together and it is really peaceful. Focus on what you have and the incredible nature that is free for the taking. Visiting our natural parks, lakes or oceans can result in pleasant memories that last a lifetime.
  2. Learn to save:  By teaching your children to save and avoid debt you will change their lives profoundly. For one, they will be able to pay for the big things that they want with cash. But more importantly they will learn that they have to save and wait for what they really want. There is a huge industry that wants you to spend and buy things now.  My goal is to teach her to save for what she wants. If she has to wait and work to save for it, she may find out that it is not worth it and would rather save for something better.
  3. Learn to give:  By giving your time, talents, and money to other's who are less fortunate, you learn to appreciate how much you have.  There is a whole world out there that needs our help and assistance and it can be very easy to forget how good we have it. We try to get our kids to set aside one third of every dollar they get to give to their church or to someone in need. By doing this early they will find this routine when they are older and learn to be happy with what they have left. Grace and I didn’t catch any fish on our adventure, however; I assured her that there were fish out there and we would try again soon. Please let us know one thing you learned early in life that has made a positive impact on you!