Monday was my oldest daughter's, Kiki, first day back at ballet. She was so excited! I was excited for her!
After class, she showed me the routine they practiced from 1st position, plie and grand plie. Basically, it was all barre work, refreshing their memories from last season and correcting errors.
The teacher she had last year is the same she has this year. This particular teacher comes across to me as a very precise woman. Like, she expects something and will tolerate no less. I'm ok with that and I'm glad Kiki has her again this year, because I think, that if my husband and I encourage it and Kiki puts her all into it, she could very well excel in ballet and perhaps, maybe even become a ballerina! That would be pretty cool!
Anyways, back to my original story... After she showed me their work from the class, she wanted to do some workout stuff...
She asked me to coach her and tell her what to do and how to do it... So, I did. We started with jumping jacks, wall pushups, squats, a 60s wall sit and lunges, then, she ran on the spot for 3 minutes!
I don't know if I could have done that!
The next morning at breakfast, she said that her legs were soo sore! I smiled at her and asked where she figured that pain was from. "Ballet... they only hurt when I do the plies." Hahahah! I then joked that I might make it mandatory that she practice every day their routine and whatever else they learn in class from each week. She surprisingly agreed! Then said, "and after that, I have to workout." Full of confidence!
That's a win for me! YEA!
My kids see me walking, walking, walking nearly everyday. I make it mandatory that we walk the 10 minutes to school everyday. There are days they see me do my challenge and sometimes join in. We go for family 2mi walks and bike rides... I'm so proud to see that one of my daughters has picked up on it and is so willing to do more!
That is proof there that actions really do speak louder than words. I could yap yap yap about how important it is to keep active and eat good food, but if I'm not living it, then they won't care what I'm saying.
Just do it.
It's amazing who you affect.