The importance of family time
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Written by Cathy Bell - Recreation Advisor
In the fast paced, technology based world we live in, finding quality time to spend with family is more important than ever and making this investment can make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of every family member.
Today, many families struggle to find that ‘work-life balance’ we would all like to achieve. There are more and more structured activities taking up our children’s time and this leaves little time for family recreation.
Whether it is music lessons, swimming or hockey, there is hardly time to do anything together as a family. Sure, parents juggle the responsibilities of getting each child to their respective activities and they stay to watch them practise or play, but they are not truly interacting with their children. Competitive activities have replaced family recreation.
Family recreation can be defined as a pleasurable or relaxing activity done together as a family. This could be going camping, playing board games together, a family walk through the bush, a game of cricket or ball tag in the backyard, or participating in an event as a family.
Family recreation teaches life skills, builds positive character, strengthens family bonds and promotes physical, emotional, mental and social development.
Children learn valuable life skills from hanging out together as a family. They learn how to solve problems and co-operate with one another, take turns and consider the needs of other people.
Family recreation allows us to teach our children about having a positive attitude. When families play games together, it is an opportunity to bond and learn that it is not about winning or losing, but more about having fun.
Whānau Passport Challenge
If you’re looking for family recreation opportunities, Sport Bay of Plenty have put together a Whānau Passport Challenge from October 13 to November 16 for Eastern and Western Bay families.
Every stamp you collect will give you the chance to win some great prizes.
Locally we have three great activities on offer including the “Motu Trails Open Gate Day” on October 28, “Family Open Day” at the Whakatāne Aquatic centre on the November 3. Or if you’re keen to try a family event, the Edgecumbe Tough Bugga Challenge is a must-do. This fun, challenging all-terrain team event is being held on Sunday, November 11 and is suitable for anyone who doesn’t mind getting dirty, and it’s great for families.
If you want to try something that isn’t available in the Eastern Bay, then be sure to check out the discounted activities including ten pin bowling, blokarting, golf, Flip Out indoor entertainment or the family roller disco happening in the Western Bay region.
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