While many of these recreational opportunities are an opportunity to master a new skill or develop a new interest independently, another key focus of our behavioral therapy is building community.
It’s important for us at Kaizen Academy to display a sense of teamwork and camaraderie between residents. “Pulling your weight” and “work before play” are two themes highlighted each day.
Whether it’s through accomplishing disciplined and organized household chores (cooking, washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping, doing laundry, and cleaning bathrooms) or group recreational activities as described above, our youth have an opportunity to build relationships together as they also focus on themselves.
Yes, there are going to be plenty of instances that bring up the challenges of “living with siblings”, but these are also great moments to teach each other how to live together and build relationships through conflict. Additionally, building up the community allows these young men to celebrate each other’s victories each and every day.
It may not be immediately obvious that the daily household chores can be considered hobbies. However, it is a natural recoverer that can lead to positive growth. There can be plenty of passion spurred out of cooking or innovation discovered during a monotonous chore that could be completed in a different and more efficient way, and it leads to a well-cared-for home, which is always beneficial for positive mental health.
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