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.