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Father's Day Motivation...!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Recently a Daily Spark article referred to research which claimed children aren't influenced by their parent's food choices.

I strongly disagree with this research! One of my GREATEST motivations has been to be the SPARK for my son that I sadly wasn't when he was growing up. I want to show him the excitement and potential that life has by getting this healthy lifestyle down and jumping out into life as best I can to DO those things I hadn't done for so many years due to my weight, unhealthy eating and compromised lifestyle.

Contrary to this study, I *know* my son is paying attention! I've got him SPARKING! :-)

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    You are so right Don! That study is WRONG!!! Kids eat what you eat and follow your example. If we eat high fat and carbs, and very little fruits and veggies, then that's what they'll follow. We have to show them a healthy way of eating, and they'll follow that too. I'm guilty of that in the earlier years, and have been changing that. Also, exercise, etc. - they follow your lead! Good for you for showing the way! I am too!

    3067 days ago
    i admire and applaud your concerned, forward-thinking, insightful, and healthy parenting skills! would that more parents would adopt your attitude and there would be so much less obesity and other related illnesses among our youth! what a dad! do it up and stay strong. you're setting a marvelous example.
    3067 days ago
    All kids go through a rebellion stage- individuating. Doesn't mean there isn't an influence. Sometimes, it's to go the opposite!
    I do think over the long haul, our beloveds have great influence on our lives. Good on you for leading your son to better health.
    3067 days ago
    I asked my son how he would respond to a survey like that. He told me he would probably give them the answers they were looking for or what his peer group thought was cool even though it wasn't the truth! Considering the research was based on surveys of teens, that probably explains the discrepancies in what we know as parents and what their "research" says!

    I'm with you, I strongly disagree with the research!
    3070 days ago
    uhhh what?! That is really weird. I've never heard that before from any research. I'll have to go check that out...
    3071 days ago
  • ER15SS
    I have to say, a lot of the food I eat (or choose not to!) is similar to my mom's habits with food. We do learn at least some of our eating habits from our parents. I'm doing the backwards of you - trying (with some difficulty) to eat healthier and influencing my mom to do so also. She's a Rochester-area Sparker! She loves the site!
    3071 days ago
    I agree completely. Children learn from their environment & will repeat the actions & habits of their mentors. Especially their parents! I think SOME children will see the bad things that might happen from bad habits & intentionally make efforts to be the opposite.

    I'm glad you had a great Relay4L. It's a good cause emoticon

    I hope you have Happy Father's Day & a nice Sunday. We're having a beautiful day - great weather & my dad has got his motorcycle working again & he & mom are out for a ride. Yaaay! I'm going to hit the hammock & read.
    3072 days ago
    Great blog as usual Don. I too tried to get our S interested in Sparks for obvious reasons, even went so far as to buy him a laptop so he could track at home while sitting in his chair, didn't work, he gave it a shot, that's all I asked. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. I'm glad your son is drinking!
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    3072 days ago
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