Make it Normal
|Run Forest Run 5k (Peyton was six years old)|
My son has learned that all the adventures we have are just part of our lives.
For the most part he thinks all the races, workouts and crazy runs we go on are normal.
Take this past weekend; he thought it was completely normal to wake up before 6:00am to watch the Olympic Women’s Marathon. He also thought it was normal to go next door and ask his buddy to go to the track, run a trail and go swimming (before 9:00am).
I loved that he never thought twice about running a two mile trail run, throwing javelin in the middle of the football field and then running 100 meter timed sprints on the track (his idea, not mine). He made it seem so normal and fun that his buddy was just as into it as he was.
|Polar Bear Plunge - just another normal day|
I am convinced that this is the only way to keep our kids healthy. My son eats crap at times (me too), but he knows it’s not what he should be eating all the time. He watches TV and plays video games too, but he knows it’s not what he should be doing all the time.
If we can make it normal to do these things in moderation, but also make all the other things that seem so strange to kids normal (like eating well and exercising) we may actually be able to make a dent in this huge problem we are facing.