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DRYADSARAH
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7/20/14 5:09 P

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I agree. Daycare can be a wonderful thing. In fact, when my bio-daughter was a newborn, I would sometimes hire a sitter just so I could do some chores in peace.

I will say that many ages can be difficult to fit in workouts around, depending on the kid. As a foster parent, there have been entire summers where my workouts have been derailed due to supervisory issues. We do have a treadmill, exercise bike, and dumbells, but I just can't get as excited about those as I can going for a long run OUTSIDE AND AWAY FROM THE HOUSE!



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7/15/14 11:47 A

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I have a one year old and since she's started walking, I've started turning on some music and we dance together. It's great quality time (I love watching her bounce around) and mama gets to burn some calories. As for the Y membership, I used to be a supervisor for my local Y's child watch. If your kid enjoys it, then take advantage of it! And if you're uncomfortable leaving your children with people you don't know just remember a) it's only for an hour b) you can check in anytime you want since you're still in the building c) the more you go, the more familiar you'll be with them. I'm still friends with many of the mothers who brought their children in regularly. It's great for everyone if you make it part of your routine.



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6/30/14 10:07 A

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We own a treadmill but since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago something always comes up the moment I try to get on it. I recently committed to a weigh loss challenge and I've started getting up and hitting the gym at 6 in the morning so my husband and daughter sleep through me being gone and getting the needed time in.



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6/23/14 7:54 P

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My 12 month old has never taken long naps which is wheni used to try to get my workout in. I have mommy guilt too so if he was awake and I wasn't at work then I feel I should be spending time with him. I am a teacher so now that school is out I get up early, which is still later than my normal work hours, and let my older son, who is almost 14 listen out for hi in case the baby wakes up while I am working out. I have had the conversation with myself about the guilt and the bigger picture benefits of exercise and I know it's the right thing. So far it is working out for everyone. I feel much better too.



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UKNOWITNOW
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6/20/14 3:30 P

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Keep up the good work. You are a very good example for your children.



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6/17/14 2:00 P

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My daughter is 20m... I go for walks with her and we go to the park a lot. When I pop in my workout dvd sometime she joins in and other times she plays by herself. Never feel guilty about having a little you time.



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6/17/14 2:37 A

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My son and eldest daughter are 4 and (almost) 3. I have a recumbent bike here at home that I use when it is storming outside, but otherwise, my husband and I put the little ones in the jogging stroller and walk/jog to the park.
If it's a weekend, we walk to a park that's roughly 4.5 miles away. On weekdays, we jog to a park that is just a tad bit over 2 miles away. This way, I get my workout and my children get some much deserved outdoors time (which gets them nice and tired and completely ready for a nap right after they have had their lunch).




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6/4/14 6:59 A

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I completely lack the mommy guilt. I attribute it to being an only child and selfish to the core. My son has been in daycare since he was 3 weeks old and I have left him with various friends and childcare professionals with no guilt..If momma ain't happy, no one is happy!

it's not like I'm abandoning my son (although I'm sure some may think that way) - I spend plenty of time with him. But seriously, when has guilt ever been a positive thing? guilt is toxic - stop feeling guilty for taking time for yourself, because you are important, taking care of yourself should always come before taking care of others.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/4/2014 (07:05)
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6/3/14 10:59 A

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I have been thinking about getting a membership to the Y. Unfortunately, the closest one is a half an hour away and I have the same guilt over leaving my little boy with somebody that I don't know. In the mean time, I have been walking with him to the park and playing on all of the equipment with him.

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5/21/14 10:52 P

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I run around the neighborhood after my 18 mo old goes to bed and I try to be active with him as well. Before we go to school/work in the morning, we play in the yard for about 20 minutes - running, chasing balls, etc. sometimes its just about fitting movement into our routine - lots of dancing in the living room. Good luck!



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5/13/14 3:01 A

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I'm a fan of daycare to teach children social skills.
What about getting a running stroller and walking/jogging as your workout?

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 5/13/2014 (03:05)
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5/8/14 4:22 P

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I hate leaving my kids with strangers and always feel guilty. Instead, we go on cycle rides (the kids cycle, I walk briskly behind), we go to the park, always walk to school, and once they are asleep, I stick an exercise DVD on the tv. On rainy days we do dance games on the Xbox together too. I want to teach my kids to be active and that means me being active with them while they are small. It's not easy, but hopefully we will all benefit as a family.



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4/21/14 11:06 A

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Forget the guilt! If you already have a membership and they enjoy going, use the Y! I know that personally, I'm a happier mommy when I get in good workout. It's often the only"me" time I get in a day, so I'm not going to let myself feel guilty about taking care of myself.



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4/20/14 11:18 P

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I also struggle to work out with my 2 year old boy and 6 year old daughter. Lately I have been just trying to incorporate exercise into play. Like kicking a ball around the yard with the kids, going for walks together or wrestling with them.



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LUANN_IN_PA
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4/20/14 9:32 P

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You have lots of options!

Drop the guilt.
Exercise before they get up.
Exercise after the toddlers are in bed.
Have the teens babysit the toddlers.
etc.

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4/20/14 9:02 P

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That, and teens that are able to eat whatever and have these tempting treats all over the place.

So parents...what do you do about exercise time without feeling guilty? We have a membership to the Y, but I feel awful dropping my girls there. They like it, have fun with the kids, and actually ask to go. But I feel selfish, especially when I don't want to take them swimming after. Advice??

Thanks :)



 
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