I believe that setting a good fitness example to my children encourages them to be into sports as much as me. Me and my husband (when his work allows) are very sporty, and when we met years ago while living in Sydney we used to do so many sport activities together that I knew that it should not be a problem to continue one day when we have kids.
Getting your children involved in sport activities you love doing is just another way of bonding as a family. We often go swimming, cycling, skiing and recently my older daughter has also shown interest in running. She has seen me training for all my running and swimming challenges, and I love it when she says she wants to be like me one day.
- lead by an example
- choose a sport both you & your children will love
- make it a habit
- make it fun
Last summer just before the school broke up she decided she wanted to take part in a local running charity event at Moor Park 10km. I was all over the moon. Until that day I did not ask her to be running with me as I really did not want to push her into running, but she really wanted to do so, so we signed up. During the summer school holidays we trained together, and I realised she is a talent and could be very good at running one day.
At the end of September we took part in the challenge. the only shame was that originally I thought we would be running it together, I mean at the same time, but as the junior run was only 1 mile, it took place before the actual 10km challenge. Isabelle hesitated for a bit, but then there were a few of her classmates taking part, so at the end she was very excited.
When I saw her standing by the starting line, I had tears in my eyes. She has always been there for me when I was was taking part in my challenges, and now it’s my turn. I was so proud of her.
We did it. You can read about the actual day over on my parenting blog All Baby Advice and more. We did it for my dad who passed away a year ago and for Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre who support people affected by cancer to help them cope with their experience. If you would like to supportme & Isabelle, please sponsor us here. By the way, we are just £10 away from reaching our target!
What sports do you and your family enjoy?