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AndreAnnaRose
The Ripple Effect
April 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I work from home full-time and my husband works out of the house full-time. We get up with the kids in the morning, my husband takes our son to daycare, I take my daughter to Kindergarten, and then I sit at my little desk in our bedroom office, warm coffee in hand, dog curled at my feet. For a split second, there is a little peace and quiet and I inhale the moment. And then it's over.

I furiously type, read, edit, mark, preview, e-mail, correct, conference call, webinar, and work my tushie off until I go get our daughter at 3 pm and take her to Crossfit  with me. Then we go get her brother while my husband Crossfits. Sometimes we trade kids. Then we get home, make dinner, and finally eat as a family when he comes through the door from his workout, sweat-covered and red-faced.

But we're together. Exhausted sometimes, but together.

Even though the days are crazy and the evenings can be even moreso, having that meal together at the end of the day is something we plan our entire day and work schedules around. Especially having kids with food intolerances and a husband with Celiac disease, instilling healthy eating habits in our children is something we take very seriously, including the family aspect.

For us, even though one of us works from home, my job is no less significant than the spouse who works outside of the home or any parent who chooses to stay home and not work. You can not differentiate which is harder than which because the second you start throwing stones, you better move out of your glass house. Newsflash: parenting is hard, yo. Period.

So yes, it is hard for some people to eat healthy or make changes, especially for parents of young children, but you can get them involved. It is hard to get off the couch at the end of the day for a workout, or get out of bed for one before your kids wake up, because they see how you treat your body and will emulate you but staying active is vital to your health and your child's. It is hard to travel and eat healthy, but it can be done.

You can make a difference in raising a healthy, active child, even if you were like me and spent your entire childhood into early adulthood morbidly obese. Sometimes, the desperation at not wanting my daughter to have the unhealthy habits and life I did is what keeps me pushing day in and day out. Because, if nothing else we do in this life is worth it, they are.

Have you made any healthy changes in the right direction and noticed the ripple effect in your kids?

Replies

  • Reina13
    by Reina13
    April 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I try to eat healthy but honestly it doesn't always work. My husband and I are in the process of educating ourselves and completely eliminating Red Dye from our household diet. Mainly because my son is starting to display behavioral issues. Whether there is a direct correlation or not, I am exploring all avenues, besides, who needs chemicals in their food anyway....lol

  • Reina13
    by Reina13
    April 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    My kids are pretty much the same way. I cannot keep fresh fruit in the house to save my life. I am constantly replenshing fruit and veggies like carrot, cucumbers and cauliflower that they eat raw.

    Quoting LuLuRex:

    I've always preferred to snack on fruits and veggies and my son is following in my footsteps. When he asks for a snack it's usually apples or grapes.


  • Jerichos_Mommy
    April 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I love that your hsbamd is so involved with your family.  That helps a lot:)

  • Jerichos_Mommy
    April 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    If the oatmeal is homemade and you add the fruit it is better than the processed stuff.  You might try making your own fish sticks and sneaking veggies into them, maybe see if he'd like grilled fish and the same with shrimp.   HTH

    Quoting Wish2Be:

     DH and I are obese , so while were pregnant we thought of all the changes we would make in food choices for DS once he was born.

    We have made better choices for our DS than our own parents made for us, but there is much room for improvement. I dont understand why he is so picky....and stubborn. I have never known anyone in my life to be as picky as he is. MIL hasnt helped at all...she watches him during the day and never once listened to our wishes. Infact as embarassing as this is...DS will only eat Oatmeal with fruit, fish sticks, or shrip poppers for a meal. Its been this way thanks to her for about a year. My heart breaks to see this....to continue on with the cycle. :(


  • KristinRox
    April 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    My kids function best on foods that are healthy for them. They seem to be the most sharp, even tempered children when weve eaten some salad, or a yummy stir fry. 

  • KristinRox
    April 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    My kids are the same as well. They love apples, and grapes, and pears and oranges. They also love raw veggies.. the get excited when I bring out the broccoli, celery, cucumber, and carrots. 

    Quoting Reina13:

    My kids are pretty much the same way. I cannot keep fresh fruit in the house to save my life. I am constantly replenshing fruit and veggies like carrot, cucumbers and cauliflower that they eat raw.

    Quoting LuLuRex:

    I've always preferred to snack on fruits and veggies and my son is following in my footsteps. When he asks for a snack it's usually apples or grapes.



  • starreyedcutie
    April 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM
    Getting enough sleep is a big one too
  • millerbunch
    April 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    my children stay active and they eat moderately healthy for being picky..lol hubby and i eat a lot of salads and such, and some of my children love them also.

  • Reina13
    by Reina13
    April 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    As I was going for an apple this morning, I realized that we are all out. I just bought  a bag on Saturday....lol

    They love fruit epecially now that the weather is really warm out.

    Quoting KristinRox:

    My kids are the same as well. They love apples, and grapes, and pears and oranges. They also love raw veggies.. the get excited when I bring out the broccoli, celery, cucumber, and carrots. 

    Quoting Reina13:

    My kids are pretty much the same way. I cannot keep fresh fruit in the house to save my life. I am constantly replenshing fruit and veggies like carrot, cucumbers and cauliflower that they eat raw.

    Quoting LuLuRex:

    I've always preferred to snack on fruits and veggies and my son is following in my footsteps. When he asks for a snack it's usually apples or grapes.




  • MamaBear2cubs
    April 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Agreed

    Quoting starreyedcutie:

    Getting enough sleep is a big one too


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