Summer is built for exploration. Whether you’ve just moved to a new community or if you’ve lived there awhile, there are lots of things to do to get you and your family connected. Last month we posted about how extracurricular activities help build a sense of belonging. Connection to community and a sense of belonging are key pieces of healthy living.
An article in Psychology Today clearly connects the dots on connection:
“Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.”
Here are some ways to explore your “new world” with your kids:
- Go to the library. Not only is it a place to hang out with other people, many libraries offer special interest classes free of charge. In addition, librarians are typically well-versed in community events and outings.
- Volunteer. Almost all organizations welcome a little help from their (community) friends. Go to www.doinggoodtogether.org for ideas on how to get the whole family involved.
- Get lost. Get in the car and just drive. Drive around your community, your town and even the neighboring town. Make it a game. You can hunt for the most colorful storefront. Or determine you will stop for lunch at a place that starts with the letter “L” (or “G” or “W” or…you get the drift!)
- Hang out at the park. Have a picnic. Start up a game of catch. Feed the ducks. Getting some fresh air and activity sparks those “feel good” hormones and helps provide a new perspective.
For more information about the Moving Families Initiative®, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.
This material is provided for information purposes only. World Class Coaches® does not endorse the organizations or products contained in the links provided in this post.