When most people think of river rafting, they think of an awesome outdoor experience. Whether you’re roaring on an extreme white water rafting experience or a beginner, guided excursion, river rafting ensures a good time had by all. For parents of teenagers, a rafting experience can be so much more. In addition to family bonding time, rafting can also teach your teenager invaluable life lessons. More importantly, a rafting excursion can teach your child these lessons in an informal way that they will cherish and enjoy.
Teaches the Importance of Teamwork
As your child grows into a teenager, you begin to stress the importance of independence to them. Most parents teach their children that if you can do it for yourself, don’t ask others, and make it happen on your own. While an important trait to have, it’s also important that your children know how to work towards a goal with others, as a team. River rafting brings a lesson on teamwork to the forefront.
During the excursion, your child doesn’t just have to rely on their own strength, but also the strength of others. For example, when trying to determine how to navigate through a path of boulders ahead, your child learns how to approach the situation from their vantage point, but also from the vantage point of everyone else in the raft. This is an invaluable lesson that doesn’t just teach your child how to work as a team, but also the importance of doing so.
Helps Recognize Personal Strength
River rafting places you right in the middle of everything. When you’re in the raft, there’s no lifeguard or easy button that you can press to get out of the situation. It’s just you, your teammates, and the raft, and it’s up to you to navigate your way through.
Say your family’s raft gets stuck on a boulder. Your child will learn how to dig deep inside to help figure out just how to get the raft unstuck. For a teenager, this scenario serves as an excellent way for your child to learn their own personal capabilities. From physical strength to critical thinking, your child will have to rely on their merit to make it through. River rafting allows your child to recognize their own strength, which will in turn build their confidence.
If you’re looking for a fun and unique excursion you and your older children can enjoy, river rafting is something to consider. Between the life lessons and fun you all have together, it will be an experience everyone will remember.