As with many families, mine struggles to find an acceptable plan for diet and exercise or at least one that keeps the grownup and the children all happy and healthy. These issues stem in part from the differing parenting styles between my husband and myself. Whereas my husband doesn't seem to understand that our daughter is a young girl with feelings and opinions thus he takes a My-Way-or-The-Highway kind of parenting position, I tend to want to allow our children to at least voice their thoughts and feelings on issues. Neither one of us is right in our parenting style, merely different.
Due to these differences we were discussing his concerns for our little children and their diets and activity levels. Which lead to some frustration to say the least.
Having been a young girl who dealt (deals) with an eating disorder I may be guilty of treading very lightly on issues that might cause my own daughter to feel unloved, unaccepted or inadequate in any way. In an effort to make change as much fun as change can be we have decided to start
The Cable Family Challenge
Week One - Meals
Our goal for this week is to include 1 fruit or 1 vegetable each day.
7 points possible.
Sounds easy, right?
Well it is supposed to be. It's week one. We want every family member to be a
the first week.
My hope it that getting all 7 points for the first week will help everyone be encouraged to want to continue.
What will we win, you might ask.
Well that's different for each family member.
S'ghetti girl is eyeing several books and those could be used for weekly rewards.
Hubbs might choose to 'save up' his points for a monthly reward, I think he'd chose
me a dinner out together without the kids.
Me? I don't need rewards. But I want the kids to see everyone "working" towards change even if it really isn't an effort for me to eat multiple fruits and veggies every day I want them to know mommy's "doing it" too.
Week Two - Movement
30 minutes of purposeful movement every day.
along with 1 fruit or 1 vegetable each day.
This week 14 points possible.
I know these changes are things many of you might already do every day but that's the point. Some of the things your family might already be doing right now may not continue as the years go by. The foods and activities S'ghetti happily participated in just a few years ago ended when she discovered such a passionate love for learning. And while I won't discourage that in any way, learning often takes place sitting on your butt. By easing into an awareness that our simple daily choices have a life long impact on our health is a concept that few young people can grasp. After all, a lifetime to a 10 year old is a "forever" kind of thing.
Will you and your family join the challenge? What better time to start than with the new school year.
Add recording the family's food intake into homework time.
Make a cool refrigerator sign for each family member to mark the days they earn their points.
Make a rewards jar for the kids to pick out of when they "win" the week.
Send "trash talk" email between family members (a little bragging that they are going to beat dad is okay).
Come up with fun Team names. Maybe each family member has their own or girls vs boys.
How 'bout it?
A new school year of learning and a healthier habits before the Holiday Season and all those extra treats.
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Coming Up Week 3 - (Mind) Adding in Reading
Week 4 - Give me your ideas!