So one of my goals this year is to be more active on my blog. I often think of things to write during the day, then when I get home and the chaos of kids hits and I hit writer’s block. Doesn’t make for a successful blog let me tell ya!
Another thing I’m hoping to help change this year is the way fellow moms think. Just recently I had a mom tell me that I was selfish of all things for spending so much time exercising and worrying about my health versus spending it with my family and taking care of my kids. HELLO?!??! How else is mom suppose to remain healthy? Exercising is NOT being selfish especially as a mom. I feel kids learn by their parents setting an example and how is it when mom is eating crap and not taking care of herself a good example for her children. Here she is worrying about whether they eat their veggies and what not and then she “don’t have time” to do that for herself? I call bullshit! Excuse my language, but this is something I am very passionate about.
I’m pretty sure kids will grow up just fine and not to mention learn some independence in the process, if mom isn’t focused on them 100% of the time. If kids get 100% of your time and effort, think of it as them learning to be selfish. It is alright if you take 30-60 minutes of your day to focus on YOUR health. Exercising is NOT about “being skinny” or “looking good.” It’s about being HEALTHY and planting those seeds in your children so that they learn the value of making good decisions.
Not only will mom’s health improve from daily exercise, but so will her stress levels, her self esteem and her overall life/marriage. As my friend says “happy mommas, make happier families!” RIGHT ON!
In another recent conversation with a fellow mom who was worried about her health, however did not want to lose anytime with her babies. What about when your health is suffering and you can’t truly enjoy your time with your kids 100% because you are in pain or discomfort or just uncomfortable in general? How is that any better? How is it any better that you spent ALL your time focused on your family and kids and then you are disabled or even worse gone at a young age because you didn’t spend the time to focus on you either? Your kids and family NEED you even after they are grown. Trust me, I know this from a fact. Losing my dad at the age of 19 was devastating. Granted it has been what makes me so passionate about health and wellness, but it also lead to many tears over the years of the things that I was deprived of. Having my dad walk me down the aisle. The support from him going through a divorce. Knowing that my dad had met my husband. The list goes on and on and I’m sure it’s not over with.
Take the time to work on your health. Please! I beg all of you mom and even dads out there. It doesn’t have to be much. Thirty minutes daily is all that is really required. That is a fraction of your day. Show your kids what it truly means to be healthy and lead by example.
Plant those seeds and stop thinking/feeling like your being selfish by focusing on your health this year. Your whole families health depends on it.