As an outdoor enthusiast who has raised his children to have fun shooting guns and driving ATVs, Craig Morgan knows how to have a good time, but safety is always the first concern. When does he think it’s a good age to introduce kids to such hobbies?
“The earlier the better,” he says. “I don’t want my son, who is 17, jumping out of an airplane yet. I didn’t want him as a 3-year-old shooting a gun, but I did take him with me while I did it. When they were babies, and I would clean the guns, I wanted them there with me to see it.”
Just the exposure to responsible outdoor fun has taught Craig’s kids how to handle the outdoor toys, so they would be prepared when they reached the age to do them on their own. “It’s hard to take a 21-year-old who’s never been on a buggy before, a four-wheeler, and put them on it and tell them to go around the bottom of a hill, but if you’ve had that 21-year-old that’s been on one sitting in your lap when they were 3, and then when they were 12, doing it themselves, they can teach people,” he says. “So, we started early on introducing them to all these things. We just didn’t allow them to do themselves until they became able to.”
For more on Craig and his family, pick up the June 22 issue of Nash Country Weekly, on stands now.