I have a 16 years old daughter, she is gaining a lot of weight and tries nothing at all to lose some no matter what I tell her. She does not like sports and wont even walk with me when I ask her. I have end up offering her money for every pound she loses but she did not take it seriously. Any advice?
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Maybe instead of a sport you two could find something active to do together. My oldest son plays football, but in the off season he didn't want anything to do with any other kind of sport, so I started taking him to the gym with me. Not only do we push each other, but it gives me time with just him away from his two little brothers. So maybe you two could walk together or something, it really is a great bonding thing and then she's not being "forced" into something she'd totally rather not play.
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My daughter is thin as well, but completely uncoordinated. I encouraged her for years to do active things (she took dance and gymnastics lessons and played soccer), but team sports in particular were just torture for her. In high school, I just asked that she participate in some type of extra-curricular activity so that she could meet new people and have something to put on her college applications. She tried a few things and finally settled on drama. She loves it and it has really boosted her confidence! For physical activity, we go to the gym as a family and I drag her hiking when I can. I don't think she will ever be an athlete, but I am hoping that this healthy habit will continue in adulthood. Good luck with your girl! I hope she finds a healthy activity to enjoy
My oldest daughter is very athletic as is both my sons. My younger daughter has tried sports, but she simply isn't athletic. She is a thin build, too. I look at sports as something they do for fun. Sports weren't fun for my younger daughter. She did find her niche, though. She now rides her horse in dressage and hunter/jumper. She is really good and it has given her a new level of confidence. She's also a pair of biceps and calves that would make us all jealous!
So I guess, I'd just find something that your daughter enjoys. Maybe the both of you can share some quality time walking or riding your bikes. Give her some time to find herself and adjust to high school. It's a new world to her (and you). Just be available to listen.
I have a teen going in to her freshman year of HS and she is thin 107lbs but she is not interested in any sports or activities. She loves to read and has a college reading level, great for her mind not so much for the body. Thin doesn't always mean healthy which is my concern. Today is day one for me on sparkpeople and I hope to make life changes to give her inspiration.
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