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Recreational leisure and family bonding
Outside of the traditional religious activities, kite flying has become an important event on the annual Easter weekend calendar. The event does not only provide an opportunity for the display of kite construction and flying skills but also bring families and friends together. Additionally, folks from all walks of life can develop social bonds while enjoying this pastime leisure activity.
Parents, elders, guardians who participate in this national pastime and others like fishing and hiking are not only socialising their children but also providing a base for continuity of the tradition into the future. As a result, children of accommodating parents have more time of moderate vigorous physical activity than children whose parents were uninvolved.
Encouragement of children into recreational or competitive physical activity can have a positive impact on their development. In addition to the technical skills associated to the activity, they may develop social and communicative skills which will allow for social bonding and networking. At the same time, over commitment toward competitiveness may be harmful as it may result in over-training, burnout and even ceding to the temptations of cheating to win.
If participation in recreational leisure, sport and physical activity is not encouraged in childhood any attempt to encourage participation in adulthood will be challenging. Too many parents want their children to become physically active yet still they are not prepared to lead by example. There are too many excuses!!! It's a given the world is a hustle and bustle but parents, elders, guardians, the youth have to be creative to make time for fun family activities.
Family engagement and influence is important for youth early involvement in recreational leisure, sport and physical activity as well as staying involved in post-adolescence. The benefits can be social, emotional, psychological and physical. As we celebrate another year of kite flying throughout the country, parents, elders, guardians and the youth should appreciate what they are doing as being important as to not only maintaining a national tradition but also laying the foundation to keep themselves and their family involved in recreational leisure activities.
"I don't feel it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning." Michel Foucault
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