Wed, Sep 24, 2008
MizFit, you mention your Tornado a lot but never talk about how you encourage her to be fit and healthy. Then yesterday you had a video where you talked about her not liking sugar. Id love to have some tips on getting my son not to love sugar and to exercise more. he’s five. THANKS!!!!!
(I think that the emailer was referring to this video when she referenced my Tornado not liking sugar. Definitely a stretch to say not liking—-but I get what she was going for.)
I dont talk much about working to keep my Toddler fit & healthy mainly because she’s almostthree.
I guess I forget, at times, not all kids her age are go go go (hence the moniker) & should be more appreciative that she’d prefer to be outside running than inside watching TV
and quit bitchin about it all the time.
She, in fact, finds it odd (if by odd you mean irritating which I think I do!) when I plop on the couch to watch her frolic & immediately launches into shouting:
Dance, Mommy, dance!!!
But I digress…
Here in Casa MizFit it’s 100% about leading by example.
In everything. From my straight-outta-the-bag-flax-seed-chowing to treating others with kindness.
I take full advantage that the Ren Man & I are powerful influences in her life right now & know that my DOING SOMETHING (eating veggies) is far more likely to trigger her to want to do it then when I command (eat.this.now.Im.so.not.playing.DOIT.).
The other thing I do (which would work with a five year old) is only offer options with which Im happy. I rarely, for example, ask her *what* she wants to do. Im more likely to ask if she wants to go play at the park, take a walk or turn on the music & dance?
Im less likely to ask her WHAT she wants to eat than inquire if she wants some tomatoes, a carrot or some broccoli?
I always offer choices where Im happy with ANY of the options she might choose (and yes, of course, this sometimes includes the words: chocolate or vanilla?).
While this may cease working in a decade or so—- right now she’s under my jurisdiction so to speak.
If she’s eating far too many Oreos not only does that mean that they’re in the domicile (which they are. we’re an everything in moderation family) but at her age someone is ‘allowing’ that to happen (points at self).
It is far easier to toss oreos down her piehole & lure her into watching Hi-5 than it is to make her healthy food & go outside in the heat to play Fisher Price Toddler Golf—-I just keep reminding myself of the disservice Id be doing her if I consistently take the easy way out.
(Im not gonna lie. There are Dibbs Ice Cream Snack Bags/Curious George afternoons up in herre for sure)
In summation (& here’s where your thoughts, oh Bumbling Band, are welcome. whether you have a child or not. we’ve all witnessed this struggle in some fashion.):
Exercise & healthy eating are very alike in that they’re about making it fun (the foods & the active play), role modeling, & making neither (the exercise or any sort of food deprivation) a form of punishment.
Still with my longwinded
ass self? This Viewer Mail email caused another email message to catch my eye when it might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
(this is where you stop skimmimg. FREEBIE ALERT)
Anyone checked out this site yet?
GoTryBe is a little old for my Tornado yet it’s the perfect thing for the emailer’s son & all kids up to about age 15 or so (although the site does technically target through 12th grade).
Anyone can check it out for a free 7 day trial and I did just to see what it was like.
My first thought was that it’s a site to which kids will respond.
It’s hip looking, fun, and when you join you get to create your own avatar (complete with different color skintones which I always like to see and *lots* of cool ways to personalize).
The more I explored the more I LOVED that GoTryBe is definitely a site kids can use on their own (a fact I think is important not necessarily for the five year old but for the preteen set. The tweens/teens who really need to maintain a semblance of privacy (and in my opinion ownership) with regards their exercise goals).
Basically kids have a chance to build their own workout routine/plan (comprised of a warm up, cardiovascular exercise and a cool down) or use one which is already created.
There are a number of fun videos and, emailer, it’s definitely an easy way to both role model for your son & have *fun* as you do the exercises together.
My Toddler loved the video segments.
There’s an exercise journal where older kids can record their activity for the day (and their feelings about the exercise) & also a way for Trybe’rs to earn points by completing various sections of the site.
And YES there’s also the always required CHAT section so that kids can talk about working out, sports, nutrition, and probably a bunch of other things this almost40yearold doesnt understand.
Sound interesting? It is. There’s so much to explore that this tiny snippet does not do the site justice (and why they offer a free 7 day trial Im sure).
What am I offering? A free year membership to one lucky Bumbling Band member.
You can use it for your child or, perhaps, you know the perfect niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor who would love an opportunity to GoTryBe.
You can be entered to win for the lowlow price of a comment below. On any of this. I know I’d love your insights as would, Im sure, our emailer.