This past week I have been struggling to keep all this up. I somehow messed my back up (probably from carrying my 22 lb baby around), I have had no energy, nothing makes the baby happy, and stress has been pretty high. So you can say it hasn’t been the best week. I have made sure to at least get my steps in with jogging and for the most part eating really well. Yoga most days, but I have been so bad at meditating and I know I have to find a way to work that in. If only just to feel at ease for a couple minutes after going crazy being with kids all day.
But I have had a heavy heart about some things this week. The world is stressed right now. So much is going on and there is more negativity than anything. Many are angry for reasons they have every right to be angry about and I am angry about a lot as well, but I feel it’s my job to protect my small children from all the bad. Now I am not saying that they need to be pulled away from reality their whole lives, but my 3 year old doesn’t need to learn hate. Because believe it or not, that’s how it starts. We were not born with a closed mind to this thing or that. At some point we heard that was bad and it stuck and I want to teach my children that they should always have an open heart and open mind. They should give everyone the right to have their opinion and not put them down for it, but stand for the better good. Know that we are all human and we all have to be good people to everyone. Help people in need, even if you get nothing back. Pick up that trash in the park even if you didn’t put it there. Always say please and thank you, even when the other person is rude. Those things could make someone else’s day better and if it doesn’t you still know that you did the right thing and be proud of it.
I also want to teach my children to be good to themselves. Your body is a temple that should be taken care of every day. You shouldn’t leave trash laying around your house, so you shouldn’t put trash in your body. You don’t let your house fall apart, you work on it and make sure it’s in good shape and will last. Same with your body, you can’t just lay around doing nothing or your body will fall apart.
I see so many people give their kids junk food, sugar drinks and let them watch TV all day. Well guess what? You are teaching them that it’s fine to not do anything. Just because they are little and have an amazing metabolism right now does not mean they need that junk food or sweet tea. You have to be an example to them now and only teach them good habits from the start. You are their #1 teacher and they see everything. And I’m not saying never let them have a birthday cake or a piece of candy, but be mindful of what you’re doing to them and ask yourself if that’s the best thing you could do for them. If they see you eating well it won’t be as hard to get them to.
So I am doing everything I can to keep my kids healthy by cooking for them and not just stopping at the drive thru. Crockpots and easy meals are my friends. I meal plan a week at a time and do my best to stay away from packaged meals. I only give my toddler water and juice (half water/juice) to drink. I wish he would drink milk, but it’s not going to happen so I give him those vitamins in other juices. I only feed my 6 month old baby food that I make. I will start buying some baby food jars of fruits and veggies that are not in season or available to us, but he will not get any table food or “meat” baby food before a year old. We don’t get the sweet cereal and I do not allow them to have any type of gummy snacks. They are awful for their teeth and even though we brush their teeth that stuff isn’t coming off easy, so it’s not going to happen. My toddler for the most part will not eat meat. He can not take the texture, so I make stuff I can blend the meat in or make sure he gets his protein from something else like beans or eggs. It’s not hard to make good decisions for yourself and your children. They will thank you one day, I promise.
I also try and get my son to either jog, dance, or do yoga with me each day. He is an active kid, but I want him to see me being active with him. It’s a little harder in the winter, but we find ways to get moving. And that’s all it really takes with them. Just move around and play. Let them chase you around the living room or in the yard. Go for a walk on the beach or at the park and let them see the world through experience and not through TV or the internet. We don’t let our toddler have our phones or tablets unless we are somewhere that we need him to be still and quiet. Yes he watches TV, but we limit it and don’t let him watch just anything. I know it’s different now to when we were kids, but we are still the adults and we have to know when they need to step away from technology and go play in the dirt.
All I’m really trying to say is do good to yourself, your body, other people, and show your children that it matters. Teach them to care in everything they do, say, or put in their body. Remember your body is a temple and you have to take care of it inside and out.
Please know that I am just a mom trying to give my children a healthy life. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I’m a mom that cares about my children’s well being and mindful souls.