Teaching team work at the shooting range with kids hunting fam style | Cedar City, Utah
When raising kids in our family it can be tricky to teach our kids teamwork over competition. Dustin and I are both very competitive people, but we also strive to create community instead. I cannot say this was the case in our younger days, but since having kids, we realize the importance of teaching them to be team players.
One thing we have chosen to do together is hunt. All of our kids love it so we have based many of our family activities around it. Going to the shooting range is one of those activities that provides opportunity to cheer each other on while improving our skills.
Each of us take our turn while cheering each other on. There are lots of high fives and "you got this" happening here.
Another thing that comes with the territory is gun safety. We teach our kids all the basics from a young age. We feel it takes the mystery out of the guns and we don't have to worry quite as much about them sneaking around.
We also teach them the proper way to hold a gun and why. We have found it to be helpful with our kids to explain things. If we don't tell them why, they don't fully understand the importance. Khloe is still pretty little, but we have explained it all to her. She won't fully grasp it all now, but we will continue to repeat these things to her as she grows until she is old enough to completely understand what can really happen if we get reckless with guns.
One of the final rules we teach them is to leave it better than they found it. This doesn't apply only to the mountains, but the shooting range as well. We play the pick up game where each person has to pick up 15 shells or items left by someone else.
If we don't take care of it, it won't be around for them to enjoy in the future.
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