Being a good example
Friday, May 30, 2014
I think I blogged earlier in the year about encouraging my daughter by keeping track of the miles she's walked (or sometimes walk/run) with me since the beginning of the year.
Well looking at her log, I realized she was about 1 walk to school away from a milestone. Her school is about 1.5 miles from our house...and she was at about 48.5 miles... so one more walk to 50 miles. I had planned to do *something* special for her at 50 miles. And when I told her that (but not what I had planned) she was of course HOT to get one more walk to school in. LOL
Now I had taken yesterday off because I had a dentist appointment.... I have 4 teeth in the front of my mouth that have all had root canals and need/ed permanent crowns. This appointment was supposed to be to put the permanent crowns in....and the dentist (who is one of the sweetest women around ) ALWAYS takes longer than she says she's going to. So hence the day off.
So I had the morning off and *could* walk her to school. But I also had plans with my coach for a phone conference... its early days for us working together so I'm not sure if he wants me to say who he is...lol.. ;) Anyway, the plan was for us to talk at 9am. Miss Georgia's school lets kids into the school at 8:40am...so the only way I could make the phone call was to either put her on the bus, or get creative so I could walk her to school and still make it home by 9am...
So I had my husband wake me up a bit early... I drove the car and parked in a community lot near her school, then walked home. My husband went to work and I put big brother Thomas on the bus...then when it was time walked my daughter to school.
The whole way there she was wanting me to tell her what the treat was going to be. LOL and me, knowing her and her likely reaction said she had to wait until we GOT to the school... the walk will be done and she'd have earned it. I cautioned her that she wasn't going to GET it until after school... and after her daddy got home from work..but that I would tell her what it was when we got to school.
So we get there and I informed her that for having walked 50 miles so far this year... her reward/special treat was:.................. a trip to the nail salon to get her nails done.. manicure and pedicure. Well, she SHRIEKED in delight. lol And even more so when I told her that mommy (as ungirly as I am) was thinking of getting my toenails done at least.
So that was that. And I'm proud of her for having logged 50 miles so far this year.. that's a lot for an 8 yr old... I'm also proud that I'm being a good example by trying to live a healthy life myself...but also teaching her that she can set goals and hit them..
AND.... by rewarding her with a non-food reward. I want her to have a healthier relationship with food than I've had and not to equate food with rewards.
So yeah.. I'm proud of me too. ;)