This is so true and mind blowing. I'm going to take this and use it every day and thank my son for being such a good example to me!
1/3/2010 8:04:14 PM
I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this article. I never thought of exercise in this way! I love it and will read and re-read it time and again, and practice what it encourages!! Thank you.
Great article! My life is so serious I've forgotten what it means to be a kid. Now I remember all the times playing ball, running the fastest, being the first one to be picked for teams. I was so athletic as a kid. Then, life happened and all that went by the wayside.
Thank you for the wonderful reminders. I'm taking them to heart and incorporating them into my SparkPeople program.
I like this however I would like to suggest not doing the "If you donít like it, donít eat it." method. A wise woman in Japan once told me that you should try everything three times. After the three times, if you still don't like it, you don't have to do/eat it. Some people have a predisposed idea of what they are doing/eating; hence, the first two times around, the person may not like the new thing. Go ahead the third time and see what your opinion is, it might be revolution in the making!
I've always said that it's amazing how children have a complete inability to walk from point A to point B. No walking! They must run, skip, jump, hop, zig zag, whatever their little heart desires. Now that I have my own little wandering miracle, I look to him for guidance on how to not just walk.
What a great article!! The main reason I joined SP is to find a way to keep up with my grandchildren who bring me such joy but are su-uch hard work! I know it shouldn't be like that and now I will be making the extra effort to join them in their enthusiatic rushing hither and thither - not only for them but for me too. Thanks for the reminder that life should be fun and not just hard work.
I totally agree! My 3 year old is only still when he sleeps - even when he's "vegging out" watching TV he's laying on his back and kicking his legs in the air. I don't think the kid has an ounce of fat on him. I've often thougt that if I spent my days doing the equivalent of what he does I'd have the best body on the planet. I mean, the kid's got a 6-pack! I've been trying to find my inner child again. I dance and bounce on the bed with the 3 year old (actually does work quite a few muscles when done on hands and knees!), ride bikes with the 8 year old, and go for walks with the 13 year old - meet them where they are. It's also a great way to get some quality time alone with each of them, and I get lots of exercise!
This is absolutely my favorite article I've found on SP. I've worked with kids ages 2-5 for so many years in my church's Sunday school that I can honestly say everyone of these things are true. I mean, most of the kids can't even sit through snack time! They're just focused on having fun. And sure, as adults, we're not usually able to be THAT free of responsibilities, but the fact is, no one ever said we had to be these stiff robots either. So, I think I'm going to crank up some Hannah Montana and dance like I'm 10 again...oh wait, did I just say that out loud...?? LOL!
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