This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I love Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The BGCA has a strong community presence here in Salt Lake City so we all grew up knowing that the clubs were places where we could participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. As I got older and started volunteering, I realized how many families depend on the Boys & Girls Clubs for after school care and summer programs while the parents are working. Now that I’m a mom, I have a deep appreciation for how important it is to know that your kids are somewhere safe where they can grow when you can’t always be there to guide them.
I love having kids, but I have to admit that I underestimated the weight of this whole parenting profession. The number of things we need to keep track of for the kids is overwhelming, from their academic performance to their daily diet to their sleep habits to their spiritual development.
Even though I’m lucky enough to be able to be at home with the kids while I work, things get missed and dropped all the time, especially when it comes to healthy habits. A crazy day leads to pizza for dinner and we’re all so tired that we end up turning the TV on until bedtime, skipping story time, games, or any chance for a family walk to the park around the corner.
Because of this, I have to admit that we’ve had to force the healthy lifestyles thing whenever we can. Once a week we have a family night where we tackle a character development topic, like perseverance or honesty. We have a little lesson and do an activity together that relates to what we’re talking about and YES it feels artificial when we first start out but we just weren’t naturally covering those personal skills as much as we wanted to without scheduling them in. Plus, after we get going, it’s actually really nice to have that carved out space to touch base as a family.
In the same way, we have time set aside to be active as a family twice a week. Not going to lie, occasionally I just want to flop on the floor when active time comes around because I usually feel too (A) tired (B) busy (C) overrun to actually stop everything just so we can move around together but that’s exactly why we’ve set our hard schedule.
If we don’t make time for it, we don’t do it and it’s really important to me that the kids understand how much they just need to get themselves moving on a regular basis. So we ignore the chores in favor of family yoga, learning dance routines off of YouTube, playing with the TRX system we have in the garage, and walking to the park to challenge each other on the playground.
Do I always love our scheduled active time? No, but I always love that we’ve done it and I’m hoping that by “faking” healthy habits while the kids are still growing I might actually learn to incorporate those habits naturally on my own. I’m just glad that there’s so much support now for families who want to raise healthy kids because this parenting thing is A LOT.
The Triple Play program at Boys & Girls Clubs of America is designed to support kids and teens in mind, body, and soul by encouraging kids to eat right, stay fit, and build positive relationships with others. Since the program started in 2005, more than a million Club members have participated and parents have been able to take advantage of the Triple Play Parent Guide to get ideas for how to support their kids at home and during school breaks. Time away from school means that kids are more likely to have unhealthy days so planning ahead can help parents fit positive lifestyle choices into the routine (even if you have to sort of jam them in, like we do!).