Health & Nurturing
Pg 6 - The Sunshine Express
2012 August
attend the schools, the
church, the park? We
are so blessed to live in
a country that affords
us the opportunities to
do good for others and
for each other by merely
showing up.
All my career, and it
has been a hoot, I have
kept a magic wand in
my pencil holder on
my desk. Oh, it doesn't
work at all except to
remind me that waving
the wand or the flag or
my index finger never
gets the task completed.
It's the network, the
community, the friends
and family, those who
offer a helping hand or a
word of encouragement or a hug that makes the dif-
" isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.
ference. Yes, the economy is tough and there is lots
Play is as important to our physical
by Sandy Lauzon
of blame to go around. I wonder what Bounia would
and mental health as getting enough
have done?
Bounia in the Hood
Reflect: What can I do to make a difference? Who
She was just a wife and mother, a Sodality
sleep, eating well, and exercising."
needs a smile? a plesant chat? A listening ear? A day
member and midwife, a choir member and the
care center?
Matriarch of this fine clan.
what kind of hobby and games they engage into.
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee Distributor located at 200
I watched, as a child, and wondered how and
Hobbies benefit children in many ways. It gives a
4th St, in Dolores. 970.759.9740)
why she kept so busy. The only time I saw her
child an opportunity to express themselves, and
without her white apron was on Sunday morn-
Time To Play
it allows them to discover themselves and build
ing at church.
self-esteem. They are also great educational tools.
Just as the body is rejuvenated by rest, sleep, relax-
Once the service was over, on went the apron
A child interested in rock collecting learns about
ation, fasting and other healthful measures, it is also
and she to the coffee and sweet bread table. She
geology and science, and a child in writing stories
kept young by constructive games, hobbies and par-
happily chatted with one and all, stopping to
learns about sentence structure and proper gram-
ticipation sports.
twirl a child around in dance, always smiling.
mar. Hobbies teach children to set and achieve
Play is simultaneously a source of relaxation and
She was not so special, but she was mine.
goals, solve problems and make decisions. They
stimulation for the brain and body. A sure and fun
Every once in a while someone will ask "Why
can also set the course for what your child becomes
way to develop your imagination, creativity, problem-
should I join the Chamber? The PTA? The
later in life as they often turn into lifelong interests
solving abilities, and mental health is to play with
church? The Rotary? Attend the meetings? What
or careers.
your romantic partner, workmates, children, grand-
do I get out of it?" My response, hopefully with
Children who have hobbies are usually following
children, and friends.
a smile, is, "You will get out of it whatever you
in their parents footsteps, so set a good example
Children in general are playful and very curious indi-
put into it."
by pursuing your own hobby. Adults benefit from
viduals. It is natural for them to be active and partici-
Do you have a business here? Do you live here?
hobbies and play too.
pative in various activities in school, home and
Do your kids or grandbabies or neighbor kids
Despite the power of play, somewhere between
childhood and adulthood, many of us stop play-
When children
ing. We exchange play for work and responsibili-
play, they are re-
ties. When we do have some leisure time, we're
sponding to their
more likely to zone out in front of the TV or com-
natural instinct.
puter than to engage in creative, brain-stimulating
Letting children
play. By giving ourselves permission to play with
go out and play is
the joyful abandon of childhood, we can continue
one of the greatest
to reap its benefits throughout life.
things that parents
Play is often described as a time when we feel most
can do to maintain
alive, yet we often take it for granted and may
and improve their
completely forget about it. But play isn't a luxury,
children's health.
it's a necessity. Play is as important to our physical
This is because
and mental health as getting enough sleep, eat-
play has several
ing well, and exercising. Play can also make work
essential functions
more productive and pleasurable. Play teaches us
in a child's devel-
how to manage and transform our "negative" emo-
tions and experiences. It supercharges learning,
Specifically, it
helps us relieve stress, and connects us to others
has an important
and the world around us.
role in the emo-
tional and physical
development of
a child. It allows
them to learn and
explore things
around them,
develop and learn
different skills,
and enhance the
self esteem and
confidence of a
child. Moreover,
it is said that not
only certain activi-
ties like hobbies
and games help
the children's
brain to develop,
but they may also
improve their
physical health,
depending on