On a recent mother-daughter adventure with one of my twins, we zoomed down the hill on our bikes taking the familiar path by our house. Then I heard her shout to me from behind, "Mommy! Let's go on an adventure! Take me where we haven't gone before!"
What a GREAT idea. And this was an idea I could support, unlike climbing up the outside of the stair banister to the second floor, sliding down the stairs in sleeping bags head first (we had to repair a dent in the wall), or riding her bike down the icy sledding hill. She is the female version of Shawn White.
But this adventure I could control. So, yes! Let's go on an adventure!
This adventure was made possible using one of my workout kid-free cards (i.e. my parents were in town). So why workout with kids if I didn't have to? That was very big of me, I know, thanks for the pat on the back. But honestly, truly, an uncomplicated family workout is sometimes even harder to come by than a solo workout, so I seized the opportunity.
I love the idea of the family bike ride, all three girls on their bikes, The Boy in a Burley, but that can be subject to a number of snags, among them a chance that one of the four children would prefer to do something else. In fact, I started the bike ride with two daughters (the third daughter was no dummy, she had Grammy all to herself), but shortly into the ride the 4-year-old started wailing for reasons I still don't know and probably only a 4-year-old can understand. I kept trying to assure her that we were out to have fun. And you know what she said? "This bike ride is hateable!" So, because I could, I dropped her off back at the house ASAP and resumed riding with my little thrill seeker.
Even though I could have taken that time to ride all. by. myself. I'm glad I didn't. Sure, workouts have become coveted "me time," but since becoming a parent I also know that fitness isn't about just me anymore. I also want to raise a fit family. So I've become a firm believer in the fitness triad: being a fitness mentor to my children through my own workouts, helping my children discover their own fitness passions and finding time to be active together.
I haven't had too many opportunities to squeeze in mother-daughter moving since having the baby (confession: I've been selfish with my workout time). Because I had the extra help though, inviting any interested children to join me was a no-brainer, even if or especially because I had only one child join me (that was a treat too, one-on-one time, also made possible with visiting parents).
The bike ride was a blast for both of us--well worth using one of my workout kid-free cards. I'm also motivated to start incorporating these family fitness workouts into my week, whether it be hopscotch on the driveway or a dance party in our living room. I also need to get my other daughters back to the family yoga class they love. I'll probably leave my little thrill seeker at home with dad. She thinks yoga is "hateable."
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