“As soon as I get on a boat, something inside me changes. Then I really feel what living is," said notorious sailor Laura Dekker. Boating can be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend quality time together with family while on holiday and beyond. It is a great way to abate the pace of normal life and connect with nature, cruising to different destinations and making everlasting memories. For kids, boating is not only fun, but it unlocks a myriad of additional benefits. Among others, it fosters independence, flexibility and teaches them to appreciate and take care of the environment.
Boating fosters success and independence
Whether you own a boat or are on vacation, cruising can be an effective way to teach your children how to take charge of situations and emerge successfully. It will help them to understand that decisions have consequences and the importance of learning from mistakes. For instance, you can practically show them the triggers of capsizing and how to come out alive if it happens.
You can also let them choose a navigational cause which will provide an opportunity to be in charge and correct their own mistakes as they arise. Once they choose a destination within a set radius, let them also plan for the day’s activities such as fishing, swimming and wildlife watching. This will teach them how to make good life choices, a lesson that will benefit them even in adulthood.
Boating increases the bond with you and kids
Bonding is the intense attachment and connection that develops between a parent and her kids. Studies show that children who experienced interrupted bonding were more susceptible to mental illnesses, adult crime, homelessness, and poverty. Bonding is a process that is not limited to time and methods. Boating with kids is all about exploring new places as you have fun. When you cruise to a mysterious location together, it puts you on an equal base, and allow kids to be an integral part of planning.
Let them be part of researching maps, plotting the course on a chat and deciding what landmarks and wildlife to watch when cruising. Playing fun games together will also let them see who their mom and dad really are, aside from the normal breadwinners and disciplinarians. This fosters a unique closeness that they will value even in adulthood. Research shows that adult children who regularly engage with their parents can often recall many fun trips they had together.
Boating with kids exposes them to a new world and allows them to be more flexible in different habits. It is also a perfect opportunity to learn what interests them and what does not. If you are having a hard time getting your kids to love boating, ask them to bring their best friends, and make the experience more fun. Also, remember to prioritize boat safety, making sure to keep a sharp eye on kids, in and around water.
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