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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?


  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    April 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

     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 continue on with the cycle. :(

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    April 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I see my sons eating salads and veggies.

  • dusky_rose
    April 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I have been trying to eat healthy and get more exercise, so that I can keep up with my 4 year old son. He loves to exercise and play outdoors and I try to encourage him to do so. We got a Wii when I started on this bumping journey of trying to get more healthy and fit, and he is right along side me wanting to play on it also. Just the other day he was playing jump rope while his grandpa counted. He did 6 in a row, his new record. :-)

  • gacgbaker
    April 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    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 :)

  • Leelee1008
    April 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    We are still working on the healthy lifestyle, its a slow process but I am trying. I do not like veggies, I have tried but I cant do it, We have cut back on fast food eatting and are cooking at home alot more. I am a good cook but sometimes were super busy and Im being lazy. My kids are not heavy at all, they are very active, but could eat much better.

  • MamaMandee
    April 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I try to set a good example but making healthy choices for myself and the kids. 

  • MamaBear2cubs
    April 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    As I become more health conscious I see my kids following suit. I also see them becoming more active and enjoying exercise which is great!

  • DNewman
    by DNewman
    April 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I have been trying to eat better lately, but its because of them not for them! LOL! They always eat right!

  • LancesMom
    April 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    My son and I do eat pretty healthy! But lately I have been bad. (stress) So I need to get back to eating right.

  • NearSeattleMom
    April 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Quoting MamaMandee:

    I try to set a good example but making healthy choices for myself and the kids. 

    Me, too.  My kids are always trying to eat my "healthy" food . . . it's kind of funny when I make myself a piece of broiled fish and everyone else wants to eat it.

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