Friday, February 22nd, 2013
This post is sponsored by Little Remedies — makers of children’s medication without artificial colors, artificial flavors, or alcohol.
To My Daughters,
As I think of my limitations to protect you from all of the hurt in this world (and I don’t necessarily want to since there is a lot to learn from pain), I think of the things I can control and the ways I want to protect you.
I want to raise happy, healthy children. I want to teach you both to love your body. I want you both to understand that being healthy aids in your happiness.
I can’t promise you that you’ll always be healthy or go without physical pain, but I can promise that I’ll teach you both to be healthy the best I know how.
I promise to keep you healthy by teaching you the little things: wash hands, wash fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water.
I promise to keep you healthy by researching and protecting you from unnecessary fillers and ingredients.
I promise to keep you healthy by introducing you to lots of whole foods. Yes, I also promise I’ll sneak vegetables into many a meal and smoothie, but I also promise to teach you to try new foods and which foods make you feel good.
I promise to keep you healthy by reminding you that your body feels good when it moves. We’ll dance party by day and probably by night as well. I won’t tiger mom you by over-scheduling, but swim, soccer, dance, running, you can try them all until you find something you love.
I promise to keep you healthy by telling you your body is beautiful. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and loving your body for what it is and what it can do is one of the greatest ways to stay mentally healthy.
I promise to keep you healthy by fostering balance. It’s unrealistic to think you’ll never eat a french fry or ice cream. I want you to enjoy those foods too because you know that balance is an important part to health.
I promise to keep you healthy by laughing and being silly. They say laughter is the best medicine for a reason and I want our home to ring with the laughter of healthy, happy kids.
I want to promise you so much my little ones. I can’t promise you everything, but I can promise to do my best to keep you healthy and to teach you to be healthy.
Our health is one of the greatest gifts we have.
I love you both with all of my heart.
Feel free to leave a comment of the healthy promises you’ve made to your kids.
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