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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?


  • carolina_gal
    April 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

     Absolutely! We've given up just about any fried foods and I see DS choosing more grilled or baked items when I'm not looking.

  • itsblissmas
    April 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

     Yes, yes. My little ones both LOVE salads. Makes me very happy!

    Quoting Bmat:

    I see my sons eating salads and veggies.


  • gacgbaker
    April 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Quoting starreyedcutie:

    Getting enough sleep is a big one too

    Yes, definitely a big one!

  • gacgbaker
    April 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Quoting amonkeymom:

    Definitely!  That ripple affect doesn't just affect our kids, but spouses, siblings, neighbors, friends, etc.  It's pretty neat to see.

    That is very true too!

  • amonkeymom
    April 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    My daughter & I love salads as well.  I wish i could get my son to like them more.

    Quoting itsblissmas:

     Yes, yes. My little ones both LOVE salads. Makes me very happy!

    Quoting Bmat:

    I see my sons eating salads and veggies.


  • amonkeymom
    April 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Wow, that's great!

    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.

  • bamababe1975
    April 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

     Same here! :)

    Quoting gacgbaker:

    When we make healthier choices at the store, the kids don't have much of a choice but to fall in line with it- they don't get food anywhere else :)


  • Jerichos_Mommy
    April 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I am trying to get bikes for the family so we an ride together

  • elasmimi
    May 1, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    After 40 years, dh and I have decided to go our own ways, in food at least. His idea of healthy and mine are totally different. I'm going the vegetarian way, he's doing Atkins, and taking responsibility for his own  meals.

  • Janet
    by Janet
    May 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

     We eat healthy as a family DGS has type 1 Diabetes. BUT I sneak my junk food at night when the kids are in bed. I can't help myself!

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