Thursday, February 4, 2016

Small Choices, Big Impacts On Our Children [PARENTING]

She saw a basket of fruit at the coffee bar and acted guilty, pointing and asking if she could have an apple. Honestly, I was surprised she wanted one and dubious of whether she would actually eat it but of course got it for her.

She jumped up and excitedly said Yes!, as if she scored a toy blind bag or something.

It's honestly been a while since we've had apples. Took me a second to remember it was when I was pregnant that I chose apples instead of chips as a side when we went to Panera, and that's probably where she learned to eat them whole. Typically, at home, we slice them.

It's funny how the littlest things make the biggest impact. Well, maybe this isn't huge, per se, but growing up choosing a whole apple would not have been a typical side order of choice in my family. But if you think about making healthy food choices when you're with your kids, it can actually be pretty significant in the long run. 

Same can be said for all the things we do with and around our children. Reading, exercising, watching tv, laughing, etc. The list goes on and on. It's not to say, as parents, we should try to be the healthiest people on the planet but this simply serves as a friendly reminder that we are significant role models in our children's lives and, as long as we are cognizant, we can keep or change the things we do. Whatever the flux, however, you can always depend on love to be the constant. xo

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