National Take Your Daughter To the Range Day

As you probably know, growing up I did not learn about guns.  I did not like guns and even though I wasn’t particularly girly, I was not athletic in any way that required skill.  I liked track. Running in a circle, that I could do. I was a very shy, quiet, and I kept to myself, mostly reading.  I had friends, I fit in, but I was very unsure of how to act and what to say and to say that I was not cool would be a huge understatement. 
As I grew up and went to college I became more outgoing and less of a recluse, but I would still keep to myself mostly. My husband and I have always had a small group of friends that we choose to spend our time with and neither one of us is what you would call adventurous.  My husband was a Marine for 20 years, so that would seem a contradiction, but it isn’t.  He did his job, which he loved, brilliantly, but he was not for taking risks just to take them.  He will go to battle and fight to the death, but he isn’t going to bungee jump off the bridge just for an adrenalin rush and neither am I.
I have always chosen the safe path in life.  The middle of the road stock options, the respectable, but not to exciting career, the 2 kids, white picket fence kind of road.  It has been a good life and I have had much joy and fun, and occasionally I have detoured off the path and do something a little unconventional.  When my passion overrides my fears, like when we adopted our kiddos, but I quickly returned to my cozy life. 
Recently, as I have gained a new kind of peace and confidence, the kind that comes with knowing I can take care of myself, I have started to take more risks. I have a much deeper appreciation for my life and while I still have no desire to fling myself off a bridge, I am more likely to take the harder road now. 
When I faced my fears about guns and not only overcame those fears, but blew them out of the water, I started to believe in myself in a new way.  I am more willing to step out and fight for what I want even if it scares me or even if I am not sure I can succeed.
Confidence comes anytime one faces a challenge, whether a person succeeds at it or not.  Just taking the steps forward to try is character building, but when one takes responsibility for their own life, all of it,  not just the paying the bills and taking care of the children part, but for it’s very breath…that is a confidence like no other.
That is the confidence I gained when I began shooting. That is the confidence I want for my children, especially my daughters (I say that because society often doesn’t make that as easily accessible to the girls).  I want that kind of confidence to pulse through their veins.  I want that to be the very breath that they breathe.  
Of course, there are many aspects to teaching children that kind of confidence.  It isn’t as simple as putting a gun in their hand, but for our family, shooting is a vital part of the lessons we want to teach. 
Our children know their life matters and they know they have the right to fight for it and to protect it.  That is our number one lesson…YOU MATTER! Learning how to protect themselves is one major way to teach that lesson.
If you have never taken your child shooting then you are missing out on an incredible opportunity to teach your child, not only a skill that might one day save their life, but also a valuable tool to help them gain confidence.  Talk to any woman who carries a gun and I’ll bet she will tell you that she walks a little taller and sleeps a little better knowing she knows how to use a gun.
I want to invite you to take that first step(or if you are old hat at this, then I invite you to join in anyway)  and take you daughter/s to the first  National Take Your Daughter To The Range Day.  This year’s event will be held on June 9, 2012. I know the people putting this together and they are top notch.  I will be doing everything I can to help and I hope at the very least you will come out and shoot!  For more information go here

10 thoughts on “National Take Your Daughter To the Range Day

  1. Definitely +1 on this. I couldn’t agree more.

    Dad’s benefit from this as much as the Daughter’s benefit. I’ve always been close to my Daughter, but Range Time can work to help keep us connected – kind of like “shopping with Mom” does for her and Mrs. Paladin.

  2. I’m chomping at the bit, but mine are a little young yet. We have actually started working on technique and gun safety using nerf dart guns and they have accompanied me to the hunting blind, but we have a ways to go. Mine will expend plenty of my ammo in the future, I promise.

    • Yep, we have a young one too who is not ready for the range, but he is getting lots of education on safety and whatnot. Can’t wait! Nerf dart, that is a good idea.

  3. I soooo look forward to the day I can take the munchkin to the range. She’s gonna be the only girl in her kindergarten class who brings a target to Show-n-Tell (and proceeds to explain what she did right or wrong to put the bullets where they went)!

  4. My family is pretty big into the independence, self-reliance thing, and I’ve pretty much grown up around guns. I’ve slung my fair share of lead already, and plan to be very avid in training before I get my concealed license. Just because I don’t currently carry, doesn’t mean the confidence of knowing those types of self-defense/therapy doesn’t make me walk a little taller.

  5. Cool… plus I’ve been having frequent “take my daughter to the range days” since she was five… now sixteen… If you have a 4H Shooting Sports club in your area… consider checking it out… or a local Appleseed event too…

    Dann in Ohio

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