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The Conversation with My Son
Groups: Athletes
Categories: Hunts | Sitka Athlete
Athletes: Bobby Warner
Jan 11, 2013

When was the last time you talked to your son or daughter for more than thirty minutes? Truly talked to your kids without one of you holding a smart phone or watching TV, an uninterrupted conversation? Driving your kids to soccer practice doesn't count. As a director of a youth hunting organization, I can tell you most parents will admit they have not had such a conversation within the last year. I have the answer. Take your kids hunting. 

I have three children under nine and this past year we spent countless days scouting and hunting. I remember one special day with my oldest son, Jackson, this past September. The Aspens were incredible, like yellow diamonds twinkling in the sun. As we slipped through the elk woods scouting, we would stop and simply talk. We talked about elk, deer, and bear sign, sports, school and even girls. Sometimes when we stopped we didn't talk.  We just listened to the woods. A simple smile from him let me know he was happy in that place at that time. His attempts to elk bugle may have scared the bulls, but it was just the conversation I was hoping to have with my son.


Comments
Nice Bobby, enjoy, they grow up fast. Well written and a pleasure to read and a pleasure to see you out there with your young ones.

One day you might spend 48 hours with them, weathered in a tent, or 24 hours a day for 12 days. Lots of time to chat then :) Straight arrows to you my friend.
Posted by tom foss on Jan 25, 2013 3:26 PM
Take your kids hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking. It's as fun when they are 26 years old as when they were 9 years old. It builds bonds that don't break and creates memories that are forever. Thanks for your post, it prompted pleasant memories.
Posted by John Royster on Jan 18, 2013 8:27 AM
No doubt spending time, wether it be in a duck blind, deer stand or fishing, the time spent talking with children in these enviroments is priceless
Posted by Bryant on Jan 18, 2013 6:52 AM
Great idea for any parent. It's the lack of those distractions that help bring out the important things in life. My son is grown and lives out of the house but we talked today about a hunt soon as we haven't really had a good talk in a while. Maybe we can in the blind. I sure hope so.
Posted by Ralph Donaldson on Jan 11, 2013 9:16 PM
Amen Bobby!

I've found myself as one of those parents, so busy and so distracted that my daughters and I haven't had those meaningful conversations.

But taking them scouting, hiking, fishing and just getting out into nature provides these important and amazing experiences...which you, and they, will treasure.

Thanks for drawing attention to this important need for parents and kids to converse.
Posted by Michael W. on Jan 11, 2013 8:18 PM
As a new father I am very much looking forward to those kinds of moments. It is amazing what a walk in the woods can do for a relationship, regardless of the age of the people involved.
Well done Mr. Warner.
Posted by Brent Cherry on Jan 11, 2013 7:16 PM
I have twins a boy and a girl. They are only two and a half and we spend all the time out in the woods as possible. They love to walk in the creek and through the woods. I can't wait to take them hunting.
Posted by Joel Biltz on Jan 11, 2013 4:26 PM
I have twin 12 year old boys, and these same times we've spent in the woods doing the exact same thing, this is their first hunting season that they can actually carry their own firearm- This is so important for us as adults to pass these special moments along to our children...

And to be able to do it wearing my new arsenal of Sitka Gear is AWESOME! Now I just have to figure out how to outfit these twins in Sitka Gear, because they are growing like weeds!
Posted by Mark Wojdylak on Jan 11, 2013 3:57 PM
Bobby what a great write up!! This is a huge passion of mine and I agree totally. take the children out and show them the REAL world around them.
Posted by Greig McAlpin on Jan 11, 2013 1:25 PM

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