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?
May 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM
I like to make exercise fun that way they enjoy it without feeling like it's work.
by KaylaMillarMay 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM
i've been trying to set a good example for my kids. I think it has had a ripple effect on them. MY 4 yr old loves to go outside and kick the soccer ball. We got on family walks together everynight and they love it!
by slw123May 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Oh yes! We all eat mostly healthy, but my kids totally understand how important is to be active because I am so active. My 9 year old daughter has started taking Body Combat with me =)
by amy7243May 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM
We are very active and my kids love fruits and veggies.
by LOswald0314May 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'm working on getting back into working out, but it is difficult with two toddlers and being in grad school. My son loves to do workout videos with me though :)
by mamivon2May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM
My kids asking for fruit and veggies all the time