As an educator I know the power parents and significant adults have to influence our children's habits. Want your kids to love reading? Let them see you reading. Want them to eat healthily? Eat well yourself. Kids learn by watching what you do, not what you say.
Even so, it was with some surprise that during a recent conversation it was pointed out to me that Gordy's new found enthusiasm for all things sporting was partly due to me. Me, the former exercise hating lazy bitch?? Surely not. But then I gave it some thought.
Despite being ill and injured this year, he's seen me prioritise health and exercise in a way I've never done before. We sometimes run, swim and cycle together although he's miles better at running and swimming than me now. I still have the edge on cycling but that will change! We talk about eating properly and plan meals so he doesn't run out of energy (he's veggie so getting enough iron and protein is a priority)
Tonight I watched him at TKD and realised that he was the only kid in the class who was able to do 10 press ups. How did that happen? And then I figured out that with the variety of stuff he's been doing he's just a fit kid. Two years ago he missed almost 2 terms of school due to glandular fever. Look at him now!
His first rugby match playing for the school on Saturday
Gandhi said "Be the change you want to see in others" If the positive changes I've made in my life have contributed in some way, then I am one very proud mama.