An adorable video of little girl reeling in a fish can teach us all a lesson.

Little Avery went fishing with her dad.

She was using her trusty pink Barbie fishing rod, as you do, when she hooked a fish. Her dad decided to record the experience, and he uploaded the video to YouTube.


Clips via Ram Mehta/YouTube.

For two minutes and 27 delightful seconds, Avery and her dad laugh and celebrate, as she works so hard to reel in the fish.

She tells him she needs help, but instead of taking control of the rod, he tells her to keep at it.

Avery is having so much fun as her little hand spins 'round and 'round on that reel — and so is her dad. He asks her a few times if she's still got the fish and he keeps encouraging her.

So. Much. Joy.

And then the moment finally comes — the fish approaches the surface of the water.

Her dad helps her lift it into the boat, exclaiming it's 20 inches long.

High-fives all around for a job well done!

There's an awesome lesson in here for parents and for folks who spend time with kids.

Besides being a great bonding experience, what struck me was the way Avery's dad encouraged her. And instead of giving her too many directions, he laughs right along with her infectious giggles and lets her delight in the experience.

There was no, "Do it this way!" or "Yes, I'll help you!"

Nope. He told her that she could do it, reminded her to keep reeling, and relished in the experience with her.

There's a lot of joy in the small moments if we take them for what they are.

Watch Avery catch her fish and soak up her giggles.

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