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Shaping Up For My Kids

by Megan

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Lifeway Kefir, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

They’re watching us.

They are short, sticky, and loud, and they are watching.

harry-is-watching

If you had to guess, what do you think would be the most spoken word in your house? In mine, it HAS to be “Mom!” Usually screamed at the top of a little person’s lungs. They are always looking to me to learn what this life is all about, and it’s up to me to set a good example for them.

being-an-example

I can tell them all day long how they should behave, but if they don’t see me acting the same way, they won’t do it.

If I don’t turn away from my computer to listen to them when they have something to tell me, or to get on the floor and play with them, then why should they listen when I tell them to turn off the iPad and play with their toys or go outside?

kids-playing-outside

I want my kids to see me being patient. Whew, that’s a tough one! I tell them all day long to get along with one another, to play nice, and to be respectful and say nice words. But if I lose my cool when another driver cuts me off or (heaven forbid) my food order is wrong, they will see me modeling the opposite behavior of what I’ve expected from them.

vanessa-at-dance-class

What if I told my son that he has to get good grades, and that doing well in school is important, but then I didn’t show an interest in his homework or helping him with it? He would hear me saying that school is important, but my actions would say otherwise.

carter-doing-homework

Words and actions. Guess which one kids notice.

I need to be more careful of what my kids see me eat. These are kids who, like most, love all things junky! Just like their mom and dad! We just got turned on to Lifeway Kefir which is, as the brand puts it, “the smooth, tart, refreshing cousin of yogurt.”

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Lifeway Kefir comes in several varieties, from smoothie to drink pack to frozen treat, and is a great choice for a healthy breakfast.

lifeway-frozen-kefirOr a midnight snack!

I want my kids to see me being kind, especially to my husband. I hope they see me as polite yet assertive when communicating with others. They should see me being active and taking care of my body.

But most importantly, they should just see me giving them all the love in my heart.

harry-sleeping

That’s the easy part!

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Kristin May 8, 2014 - 6:09am

I love this! That is exactly why this healthy living journey is so important to me. I want my kids to SEE it. They’re 1 and 2 so we’re just starting to talk about food that will make you strong, but more importantly I know they learn so much from what they see Mom do.

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Megan May 8, 2014 - 10:36am

So true, Kristin! Good for you, for talking to your kids about healthy food so early!

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tori May 8, 2014 - 6:56am

What a good momma, and what adorable children!

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Megan May 8, 2014 - 10:36am

Aww thanks, Tori!

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Kate @ Songs Kate Sang May 9, 2014 - 7:45pm

First of all, congratulations on being part of Weave! Love them! And this is beautifully written. Awesome job!

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Megan May 10, 2014 - 12:58am

Thank you, Kate!

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