Any parent knows that raising children is full of highs and lows. In our experience, one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent has been watching the lessons we try over and over again to teach our children finally sink in. As frustrating as it can be to try to teach a child a new skill, nothing compares to the feeling of watching them master it. But have you ever thought about what would happen if the roles were reversed?
Our children are growing up in a different world than the one in which we did. They are learning to use new technology from the time they enter preschool and are learning about the systems and societies in which they live in new and innovative ways. They seem to have no problem figuring out how to use smartphones or tablets, and some of the games they are playing are preparing them for things like coding. Chances are, we could learn a thing or two from them.
This week, try asking your kids to teach you something they have learned this year. Whether it is how to use a particular app on their tablet, do a drill they learned at a sports practice, or play a game they made up with their friends, giving children the opportunity to be the teacher for a change will help build confidence and will make them feel proud of whatever skill they are able to teach mom or dad. You will probably be impressed by the things they can do that you may not have even realized. It will also be a chance to spend quality time as a family in a new way that will make your children feel accomplished.Seeing what they can teach you may be even more fulfilling than seeing them grasp the things you try to teach them. Even though you may have to swallow your pride and come to grips with your age, you will be surprised by what you learn and how much fun you have learning it from your own children.
Is anyone else having a hard time believing that its already May? If you’re like us, you probably feel like there is so much to do - help the kids with those last few projects, coordinate end of the year parties for school and sports teams, maybe even plan a summer vacation - yet so little time to do it. With summer just around the corner, there is another “to do” many people’s minds - losing weight. We hear a lot of “I need to get my summer body,” or “I need to lose X amount of weight before summer.” People hit the gym or start extreme diets when they realize how little time they have before pool season or a beach vacation. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to take steps toward living a healthier life, it is important to examine your reasons for doing so.
We believe that wanting to exercise and eat healthy should be the result of loving your body, not hating it. Making healthy choices is a way to invest in you! If you go into this kind of lifestyle change with the attitude that working out and modifying your diet are forms of punishment, you set yourself up to fail. Positivity is key! Here are a few tips for creating a positive mindset about developing healthier habits
Health and fitness shouldn’t be something you turn to only when you want to look a certain way. Our self-worth should not be based on how we compare to the athletes we watch on tv or the models we see in magazines anyway! God created us in his image and that is alone makes us beautiful and valuable. Think about living a healthier lifestyle as a way to responsibly steward the body He has given you so that it can be used for His glory!
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