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The skills female hunters can teach their children – Most parents, and especially women, reconsider their lifestyle when their children are born. They consider whom they befriend, how they act in public and in what daily activities they engage in. Hunting is also something every mother should consider when having children.
Here are some things children learn when they see their mother hunting, or go with her, when hunting.
Emotional management is crucial to hunting. Every mother has a choice of how she wants her child to see her. Most mothers would agree that they would like their children to think they are strong enough and able to handle a variety of problems or situations. Being too stressed or too excited could all lead to a failed hunting attempt. Sometimes the day doesn’t go according to plan. Unfortunately, that is how life is too. Children need to see their mother handle disappointment and success, so that as they grow, they are able to reflect back on those moments and learn from them. It makes for good life lessons.
Hunting is a skill that needs to be practiced. One does not just take up a weapon and shoot. Time, effort and dedication needs to be put in. Children learn what weapon to use for what type of game and what to take into consideration when shooting long distances for instance. Through this they learn that acquiring a skill takes practice and dedication.
Walking in the bush for day in and day out creates perseverance. Unlike what most people think, hunting can be tedious, as well as rewarding. Walking and stalking a specific prey can take hours and days. Most women hunt with men, who might physically be more able than they are. During that time, each woman comes face to face with the knowledge of her own physical strength, ability to persevere, ability to fail and ability to succeed. It is often acknowledged how people gain self-insight through periods of hardship. A hunting trip can create that same situation for self-reflection for women.
Benefits of nature
Child specialists all agree that playing outside has definite developmental advantages, from enhanced physical development to increased health from vitamin D exposure through the sun. Children (and also their mothers) do therefore not only develop physically when in nature, but they also experience nature through the feeling of crisp mornings and spectacular sunsets and sunrises. When children are in nature they have a chance to see how animals behave and what animals move during what time of day and season. The only way you can truly gain such knowledge is by spending time in nature.
Hunting teaches that small things count. One needs to be aware of nature and all its facets. The time of day, temperature and direction of the wind all affects the behavior of animals and one therefore need to adapt one ones expectations. Because nature doesn’t change according to your whims. A child learn to respect nature and that there is something bigger than their own needs.
Hunting teaches all involved what role they play in the eco-system and how important it is to look after all role-players in the system. From the conservation of endangered animals, to feeding and taking care of the local communities through feeding schemes and work creation. Children learn how to handle weapons responsibly, keep it safe and have respect for it. Children learn to not only be aware of their own safety, but also to be aware of the safety of others. In a world that teaches freedom of expression and behavior, hunting teaches the control of behavior.