A good example is the best sermon. – Ben Franklin

10 Apr

We all want the best for our kids.  We spend time “preaching” to them, giving them advice on how they should be living their lives.  It’s all fine and well to be giving them advice, but does the advice we give match the example we set?  If you want your kids to go outside and get some exercise, we too should go outside and get some exercise.  If our kids see us being active, they will develop a belief that active adults and families are normal.  As the kids grow older, they tend to tune out more and more of what parents try to tell them, but, even if it seems like they are ignoring you, they will subconsciously be forming an opinion about the “normal” lifestyle.  Sometimes we parents might feel like the most important thing we can do for our kids is to take them to all kinds of activities and devote every waking moment to their needs.  While I agree that it is important for you to do what you can to help your kids be active, you should not exclude your own activity needs.  If you take a couple of hours once a week to do an activity you enjoy, you will not only be setting a great example for the kids, you will also be making yourself a healthier happier person – and what family doesn’t benefit from healthy happy parents?

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