Help!..Parental advice needed..
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hello to all my Spark Buddies..Hopefully some of you have kids and can give me some good advice.
Here is my dilemma:
I have a 13 year old daughter who is a very caring, wonderful individual but I am having troubles getting her motivated for exercise activities. She just recently went to the doctor and when they weighed her and told her how much she weighed, I really thought that would hit home for her...I was wrong.
My daughter weighs more than I do currently and that makes me sad. I am trying to figure out how to positively get her moving without beating her down. When my sister and I grew up, my mom never wanted us to be heavy like she was when she graduated from high school, so her way of making that known to us girls she would call us "Big Bertha" if we asked for seconds on a roll or potatoes at dinner. That kind of stuff hangs with us forever..I know my mom never meant to hurt us emotionally but it does hang around with us. My point with that little story is that I have always told myself that I do not want to do that to my daughter.
I believe that we eat "not too bad", of course I could stand to eat a little better too. I do not think she is old enough to warrant "putting her on a diet" to loose some weight because that is daunting and diets tend to haunt us all.
Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to get her excited about being healthy. Maybe I just need to take away the cell phone and Ipod!! Any thoughts to help me out...