Families That Play Together Stay Together

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   Playing together as a family is a great way for parents and children to bond. When families play together they can open up more easily, enjoy each other’s company and create special memories.

   At Highfields, we understand how important it is for families to play together. That’s why we dedicate plenty of time during Family Treatment Weekends for parents and their children to do fun activities together, like playing sports, board games, outdoor activities, or riding the zip line!

   Our goal at Highfields is to help keep families together. Residential students, however, spend most of their time away from their families while they are completing the program. Family Treatment Weekends are a great way to bring families together again.

   “Many of the parents that come here are stressed out because they don’t know how to cope with their child’s behavior,” said Chris Jurasek, Highfields’ counselor. “Our goal is to help family members feel comfortable enough to open up to each other, so we try to make the weekend as relaxing as possible.”

   Highfields’ counselor, Gary Turner, felt that his student Antjuan and his family benefitted from the weekend.

   “The place where they live is not great,” said Gary. “Their mother doesn’t let them play outside in their neighborhood too much so it was great for them to be able to play and run around in a safe, wholesome environment.”

   Antjuan’s sister Shaniya was anxious about the weekend, but once she got here she opened up by playing card games and activities and even ended up riding the zip line at the end of the day!

   “She came in pouting but left with a big smile on her face,” said Gary.

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   Another student, Henry, was joined by his mother, Elsa and his sister, Wendy.  They enjoyed playing games and riding the zip line! Elsa believes it’s important for families to take time out of their busy schedules to do something fun together.

   “Playing games brings us closer together because we are able to communicate in a relaxed setting,” said Elsa. “It’s a great way to relieve stress and get your mind off things.”

   It’s important for families to make time for fun even when life is challenging. Playing together keeps families strong, happy and healthy.

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