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Speak Up: Like Mother, Like Daughter?

Mother's Day may be about bouquets and Hallmark cards, but this year the holiday inspired some thoughts about mothering, the things I learned from my mom, and what I hope to teach my two girls.

My love of baking comes directly from my mother. It is this love of baking that partially inspires me into motion: running, biking, swimming. When my girls were both small, I decided I wanted to teach them by example how to lead a healthy life. That fruits and veggies are delicious. We snap beans and peel veggies together. When they ask, “What fruit is for dessert” my health-conscious heart just melts. I want my daughters to see that working out is not a chore or a luxury, just a part of life. I love answering, “yes” when my little one finds me stretching postrun in the early morning and asks, “You run, mommy?" Then she helps me with what she calls “stretch-ups.” We play yoga studio together, and my eldest has mastered full lotus, an accomplishment beyond the ability of my knees. They have cheered me on at every race and I can’t wait to return the favor.

Tell me what healthy habits did you learn from your mom? What healthy habits are you trying to teach your kids?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
My Mom Taught Me: - Not to Eat Junk - To Exercise Daily - To Take Lots of Vitamins - Everything About Women Issues (she is an OBGYN) - Study Hard - Be Realistic - Not to Eat Sugar or Dairy or Fruit - To Weight Lift - To Be Happy With Myself
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 8 years
None. My mom never taught my sisters and I any good fitness habits; I guess what we did learn was not to follow her example. She was far, far more overweight (50+ pounds) than she should have been going as far back as I can remember, and she could never cook worth a darn - I grew up on microwavable meals. She would buy a treadmill, then stop running because it was "boring" (a.k.a. she felt awkward doing it) and watch TV instead. She also was very depressed much of the time because her body image was bad, which made her self esteem low, which made her body image worse... it was a vicious cycle. It's only recently that she managed to get a friend to work out with her; since January, she's lost 12 lbs! I'm so proud of her! :D While I am prone to lazing around the house more than I really should, I've learned from her worst mistakes. I'm happily dead center of the BMI range for my height and can run 2 miles in 18 minutes. By my standards, that's an accomplishment! :)
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
I'm thankful my mom never had chips or soda in our house, and she never gave up on getting me to eat vegetables . . . even though it was a constant battle and I didn't start liking them until I was in my late teens!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
My mom was great. She was always athletic and independent and has passed those habits on to me. She and my dad met playing tennis, so we grew up playing tennis every saturday, running, and playing pretty much every other sport under the sun. Our diet was balanced, with lots of home cooked meals, so we knew how to treat ourselves between eating well and having treats. My mom was actually was PE teacher and now, my career is in recreation, so I guess you could say the apple didn't fall too far from that tree. :)
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 8 years
When my daughters were young, I served a variety of vegetables--at least one at every meal. Until they became adults,they were unaware of my dilike for veggies! Thankfully, I now do eat fresh vegetables. Fit, you are a terrific model for your two daughters and I applaud you and cheer all of you on to a healthy and happy life.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
and we had no soda... i don't get mothers who allow thir kids to have any.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
oh, i just bashed my mommy :) how very aweful of me. she was great about the diet though, very healthy, no processed food was ever aloud, she cooked for us every lunch (no sandwitches - proper meals) and dinners. we always had veggies and fruit at our disposal, and i grew up to hate only one veggie - cauliflower. i also value sleep above everything. i sleep 8 hours a day, sometimes 7. also, she taught me not to be afraid of the doctors (her mom is terrified, even though she is a doctor herself :) she just freaks out if there's something wrong with her). so yeah, she just didn't teach me to love sport as a necessity for good living. but i'm learning it here.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
mommy being sporty is very important. i was just talking to my best friend about our lack of love for sports (we do love biking though) and we blame it on our mommies (daddies were busy getting the bacon). i have another good friend who is very sporty because her mom always took her for walks by the seaside every weekend, she would encourage all the sporty activities. not that my mom didn't... she did put my up for big tennis when i was 8, and dance lessons and anything i asked for. but she herself wasn't working out and now i'm 30lbs overweight just like her, loving the tv instead of the seaside.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
My mom taught me that it was really important to learn to cook for myself in order to be healthy, rather than depending on processed food or take out, and luckily taught me this before I left for college (although I still did plenty of junk eating).
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
My mum fed me good food when I was a very young child but this stopped at about 11...she started giving us pot noodles, crappy freezer food-ready meals, sausage rolls, etc....dessert was always something unhealthy... She did make some really nice homecooked meals from time to time but we were left to our own devices (and I didn't have a say at the supermarket, I remember I once asked for a bag of cashew nuts instead of biscuits and she just would.not.budge). When I was 18 I lost a bit of weight on a holiday and decided to be careful about what I ate and when I moved to London when I was 19 I lost loads of weight because I wasn't eating all that crap anymore and had joined the gym. In terms of activity-we would go on bike rides and play tennis, so I suppose she was quite good at that.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
What did I learn from my mom? Go to the freakin' doctor when you first suspect something is wrong with you. Do not hesitate. Don not it off until later. Just swallow your fear and go to the doctor and tell them truth about what is ailing you. I learned this from observing my mom while she pretending that nothing was wrong with her and put off going to her follow up neurology appointments after her first brain surgery. Also, I said before that my mom had this food rule for the family and it was that all meals consisted of a protein, a starch, and at least two of the following: either a red, green, yellow, orange or other color vegetable. Our plates had to have a bit of all of those foods and we had to eat a little of everything. We rarely had dessert after dinner but we did have sweets generally homemade by mom or dad and in moderation. Moderation was the rule with my mom for food and drink. My mom was big on enjoying your life everyday and being sure to learn something new everyday. If I ever get the chance to have my own children I will pass that along from my mom to them.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Nothing! I was an overweight kid until I left home and realised I needed to start living a healthier lifestyle. Thankfully I left home at 16 so I got a good head start on this. She never educated me about calories or exercise or saw importance in either. My mother is also quite overweight ... My parents don't do anything active or healthy.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Looking back, my Mom taught me a lot of healthy habits. For my Mom, it was important that her children were "wholesome." To her, this meant her children ate healthy, did well in school, and were engaged in positive extra-curricular activities. According to her judgment, these activities included reading, art, music lessons, and sports. Also, my Mom's idea of wholesome also related to our appearance. We were always nicely groomed, clean, all natural (read no make-up, or excessive hair products), fresh-faced children. Her concept of wholesomeness took a lot of healthy habits (and effort) to maintain. It was a lifestyle. To a large extent, this is a lifestyle I've maintained (and also made my own. I've expanded on it myself). Truthfully, I never thought about this until this post. I guess I have a lot to thank my Mom for. :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Awww! Those stories were heart warming, Fit!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Sadly, I didn't learn many healthy habits from my mom because she didn't learn any from HER mom. I remember watching her do her "Sweatin' To the Oldies" and I loved the idea of dancing to fun songs in the living room. My mom did always let my dad have full jurisdiction over what we ate and during the summer, my sister and I loved all the different garden produce we grew and I think that's why we weren't picky eaters and we always loved our veggies. My mom did teach us that we needed our sleep. Sleep was very important in our house and I still value getting at least 7 hours a night. I wish I would've learned more healthy habits from my mom, but to be honest, most of my healthy habits came from my dad.
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