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  • Bradley Hospital Parenting Guide:
    Healthful Leisure

    Why Is Leisure Important?

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    Leisure provides many benefits:

    • An opportunity to examine personal values, to focus on what is important to you. It gives you the balance you need to deal with your non-leisure activities.
    • Relief from stress and boredom. It can help promote not only better emotional health but physical health as well.
    • A feeling of control. Job or school demands might not give us that freedom.
    • Enhanced communication skills and self-esteem. Shy or introverted people can benefit from group activities that are based on shared interests.
    • Wider horizons. You can meet new people, learn new things and gain valuable perspective.
    • A positive teaching model for children, who often learn better by example than by words alone. Your own behavior in group or family activities helps teach your children about:
      • Communication with others
      • Relationships with all kinds of people
      • Socially acceptable behavior
      • Negotiation and cooperation
      • Feelings and emotions
      • Listening
      • Playing
      • Reading habits
      • Your values

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