Bonding Families Through Physical Activity

Physical activity has been part of the family unit for decades. It has always played an important role in bringing and holding families together; quality time at its best. Making physical activity a family thing early on in children’s lives develops a family bond that will last a lifetime.

As kids grow and develop their own interest, physical activity is something a family will always have in common; something they are comfortable doing together. It’s a time when kids get to know you as a person and not just a parent. It’s a place where there’s no authority, where everyone speaks the same language — where barriers are broken down. And when barriers are removed, communication improves.

Developing and maintaining communication with your children is a tough task for any parent. Participating in physical activity together will open a line of communication between parent and child that will continue through adolescence and beyond.

Many problems and issues have been discussed and resolved over a game of horse, a catch, or a jog around the neighborhood. If you’re communicating with your adolescent, you’ll be in a position to make a real difference in his or her choices and actions. Physical activity acts as a bridge between parent and child. It brings closeness; it closes the generation gap.

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