Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One Kid, One Match

As parents we are entrusted with the most important job in the world - to teach our children.  Our children are the future and they need us to provide them with a well rounded set of skills.

These skills set will vary usually depending on what their parents are interested in and are willing to expose their children to.

Here in Canada we are blessed with a wilderness playground unmatched in any other place in the world.  As a result Canadian children will grow up exposed to an amazing amount of outdoor activities ranging from sports, camping, hiking, skiing, hunting and the list is truly endless.

With all these amazing activities which help us get our children out of doors and away from the video games we must teach them.  We must teach them to respect themselves, others, and the amazing wilderness playground which mother nature has provided us.

With the great percentage of time spent enjoying the great Canadian wilderness it becomes very important to teach our children the skills necessary to survive.  You are mistaken to believe that your children need not know or practise these skills because they will never go camping, hiking, or back country skiing without you.  These will undoubtedly be the times when your child may be put in the position where his or her skills could save your life.

If you suffer a mobility injury, a head injury or become hypothermic you will be dependant upon your child to make fire, construct a shelter and signal for rescue.  These tasks have proven difficult and often exhausting for physically fit adults.

So the next time you're out camping, skiing, tobogganing or hiking take the time and teach survival skills to your children.

The next time you decide to make a fire, allow your child to prepare the fire site, gather the supplies, and with your guiding hand take that one match and light the fire.  It will be an empowering moment for your child.  It will be a bonding moment that requires very few words spoken.  It will provide you an opportunity to teach them respect for themselves, respect for others, respect for the great Canadian Wilderness and above all the importance of learning skills that could save their lives or yours.

One Kid - One Match.  Teach them, so that they may one day teach their children and ensure that many generations from now our families can still be enjoying this amazing land we call home.

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