Week 28 -- "The importance of recreation" -- Grade 10

Week 28 -- "The importance of recreation" -- Grade 10

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The importance of recreation.

Brief Summary: As parents, we are the first role model for our children. They look up to us and emulate us, which is why we need to be mindful of the habits we develop. As our children grow and become independent human beings, we take on a more supportive role, whether it’s encouraging our kids to get off the couch and move more, take time to read a book once in a while, or try a new hobby or sport. Although teens may seem to want to spend more time with their friends than their family, there are still plenty of activities families can do together to maintain family bonds. Adding a little physical activity to the mix can double the benefits. Not only does recreation help promote healthy habits, it also helps control weight, reduce feelings of depression, stress and anxiety, plus it strengthens social bonds and promotes appropriate social behaviors. Family recreation also teaches life skills, builds positive character, and creates family memories. Family events and vacations can involve physical activities such as roller skating parties and swimming trips. Hiking and biking are also perfect ways to move more and explore together. The point is, find something that you and your kids will enjoy doing together and make it a priority to plan it into your week.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Your children look to you for guidance.  Model healthy habits.
  • Recreation teaches important life skills such as positive character and cooperation.
  • Physical activity helps with alleviating stress, anxiety and depression; plus it helps maintain positive body image.
  • Recreation as a family helps build good familial bonds.

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why is exercise so important for physical, mental, and emotional health?
  • What can we do as a family that we all can enjoy?  Do we need to throw activities in a hat and pull?
  • How can we manage our daily schedules to make sure that we get to spend time together?
  • Can we turn one of our hobbies into a family recreational event?

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