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The Soccer Mom Fitness Trap

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  • Great motivational story
  • My children are grown now, but I will share this article with them for my grandchildren. Excellent ideas!
    Great inspiring article!
  • It probably helps if your kids aren't overscheduled and overstructured. One activity per kid is sufficient, in my estimation.
    Thanks you, this is a great article.
  • Thanks so much for sharing
  • Great article with examples with solutions to what needed to be done and why she picked them- this woman had it together from the start.
  • I do think it is great for kids to learn home responsibilities and live in a schedule because most of life does have both. Mom does not mean you have to actually do it all - it is great to delegate and just supervise...Great story/article.
  • I raised five children while my husband was gone most of the time in the military. Even when he was home, he was always busy doing what he needed to do, so he was little help. But I learned to be organized through Pam Young and Peggy Jones "The Slob Sisters" and through using ideas from Denise Schofield "Confessions of an Organized Housewife." Rule 1: Less is always better. I didn't run my kids to every activity, but we focused on a couple and they got good at them. They did Judo, and played Soccer in the fall & did swimming in the summer. I always found time to do WALKING while they had Judo class or Soccer, so I got in exercise then. You DON'T have to SIT and watch.
  • I juggle kids activities which seem to be never ending and as my husband works away, I have to do by myself as well as working. Where there is a will there is a way. I have 5k routes marked out near all their activities. Most activities last an hour and my 5k takes me just over 30 mins (depending on how well I am doing!!) so I even get to watch them for awhile. I jump rope for ten minutes in the morning before they get up and I jump on the trampoline with them. I also have a 40 minute kettlebell routine which I do while they are doing homework or else get up early to get it done.

    Where there is a will there is a way! and if you really want to do it you will find some way and if you want to find an excuse, you will find that too!

    Having said that, I do know that it is very difficult with smaller children and I found it difficult when mine were small and they were with me all the time and I had no family living near and didn't know the neighbours as we had just moved to the area. At least when they start school you get to meet other parents and can get some mutual help going!
  • You are very wise! I agree so much with learning to let go of things. When my boys were young I was so uptight about stuff; now that they are teenagers and one getting ready for college I realize I could have done a little better job getting them ready if I hadn't been so worried about it being perfect.

  • Awesome Article. Very Inspirational and Motivational. Great for Families with Children to in managing the household to bring down the stress level to where things would run smoothly. God Bless Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
  • Wow! 3 kids in 2 years 8 months! I cannot even imagine-how hard that must have been with no Dad in the picture. I know with my husband being in the Navy on submarines he was gone 6 months out of 12 and our communication was almost nil.. I cannot even imagine having children during that time. We had to think it thru and decide how much he was going to be involved with parenting. Our decision took a lot of time to put everything into the mix-me being alone raising the children and him coming in and out and still being an active parent. I cannot imagine all of the other choices you have made but I would think laundry, shopping, and meal planning while trying to get in exercise time would be difficult to say the least. I'm glad you had a well paying job, though taxing, that made it possible for you to raise responsible, self-sufficient children on you own.

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