October 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
This article first appeared in the October 2012 issue of Spinsheet. Get it here!
Children benefit emotionally and socially from ritual. PhD researchers Mary Spagnola and Barbara Fiese at the University of Washington write, “naturally occurring family routines and meaningful rituals provide both a predictable structure that guides behavior and an emotional climate that supports early development.”
But kids learn by experience. Sometimes experiences teach skills or consequences. Other times, things out of control turn experiences into adventures, and teach about fear, risk, determination and things larger than ourselves.
Sailing can provide both the ritual and the experience, and of course, the adventure. So it is simply an ideal instrument of parenting; a way to make great kids.
But this article won’t be about the kids. It’s about you. What’s in it for you if you make sailing with kids your family ritual and experience? What if you dropped enough other things – soccer, baseball, the long commute, your mani/pedi appointment – and made enough time, over and over, to go sailing with your kids?