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Setting a Good Example

As Mother’s (or Father’s) we tend to forget that even when we are not paying attention every action, every word can be seen or heard by our little people at home.

Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much of an example we are setting until we see her (or him) repeating something we’ve done (or said). Take Little Bear for example….

One night, out of nowhere, Little Bear is trying to practice Tree Pose. I’m busy cooking dinner and the likes and I look over to check on her and see her in mid-practice “Mommy, try it.” I look to see what it is I am to mimic and what do I see, my darling daughter practicing one of my favorite yoga poses…Tree Pose.

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I couldn’t believe she let me run to get my camera so that I could take a picture. It was my lucky night. After I took her picture, I explained to her that this was a yoga move and it was called “tree pose.”  I told her it helped with her balance and it was one of Mommy’s favorite poses. 

As I was explaining this to her, her face was lighting up with such happiness, such excitment. By golly, I do believe my little girl is enjoying yoga as much as her Mommy. Either that or just that she is loving something that her Mommy loves so much.

After the initial shock of my yoga practice subtly making an impact on my daughter, I decided to go through some poses with her and see if she could mimic them with me. Little Bear, let’s do “child’s pose“….

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Now, how about we try one of Mommy’s other favorite poses….”Warrior!” (She really liked this one!)

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And how about “Downward Dog“….. to which after the pose she replies “Mommy, this your favorite!” (Tis true! It is my favorite. I actually get down into it every morning as soon as I get out of bed)

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For a little girl who has not been taught the yoga practice by my side, she sure does know a lot — just by my existing and practicing with her near me. So, you see, even when we are not intending to leave a lasting impact on our children, we are. I was not intentionally (yet!) trying to teach my daughter yoga. I was just merely practicing when I had time to fit it in — whether she was in the room watching tv or playing with her toys or she wasn’t there. I never would have guessed, in a million years, that just by watching my actions that she would “pick up” on things. 

My heart was so warm and so happy when I saw Little Bear’s face just light up as she was showing off for her Mommy what she learned only by watching me (when I didnt even know she was watching). She knew she made me proud. She now enjoys her yoga practice as much as her Mommy and more times than not every since then, she’s been practicing with me. Sometimes, yoga time is for just me but nowadays, I find yoga time for me and for her — we call it our “two of us yoga time” (Spoken straight from the Little’s mouth)

This entire event was such an eye opener for me. It reminded me that at any given moment, I am teaching my child things – whether they are things that are meant to be taught or things that weren’t but accidentally done. It’s made me more aware of my actions and my words. I am her greatest teacher. My words, my actions will play an impact on her. I have to ensure that those words, those actions are good ones – with good intentions. I am just happy that thus far, I seem to be unknowingly (well, knowingly now) teaching her the good values.

What has your child done or said that opened your eyes and made you realize that you were their greatest teacher? that you were impacting their lives whether you did it on purpose or not? And if you do not have children, if you did, what would you like them to take away from your practices? Good healthy eatting? a certain exercise move?

Namaste!
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It’s that time again…Weekly Check In’s with the Sisterhood. Wow! Has a week gone by already?! Time is moving too fast! I need to step up my game. Ha!

Here’s my check in/recap for this week. Overall, it wasn’t too bad.  Here’s the low down…..

  1. Wednesday through Tuesday I was hit pretty hard this week with the nasty cold leading up to bronchitis so my meals were far and few inbetween. However, when I did eat it was my normal standard healthy meals.
  2. Wednesday through Tuesday Again, I was sick so even though hydrating was even more important than ever, well, I actually drank less. Oops
  3. Wednesday through Tuesday I did get up and move – well, for part of the week!! The 5k training this week was going really well (with increased time and distance) but I didnt get any of  Gina’s Winter Shape Up 2011 program that I’m following on the cross-training days of the 5k training. With going into bronchitis, I stopped all workouts until I get off the antibiotics. I am doing some yoga here and there tho just to stretch it out and stay somewhat active. 
  4. Weigh In….No Loss. No Gain. That’s okay with me. 

  How did your week shape up to be?

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>I hear crickets

>It’s a little quite in here right now because my dear Little Bear and I have both been diagnosed with Broncitis! Little Bear also has an ear infection. She was prescribed anitbiotics, cough syrup and a nebulizer today. I am a concerned Mommy right now and just the thought of my three year old on a nebulizer scares me. (I was on them a lot when I was little due to being an asthmatic so I am familiar with them)  I know it will help her but just the thought of her being so young and on one already, well, it breaks my heart. The Poppa Bear took her into the doctor’s for me this morning as he was off and I had work. And so when I get home tonight we will administer her first treatment together. I hope she handles it well (and us too!). If you have any experience thoughts or advice that will help me feel better about this, please share.

Also, it looks like I have it now too. Im hoping the Doctor does not call me back because that means he called in my Zpack and I’ll have a prescription to pick up after work today. Thank goodness because I’m just getting worse and need to function. I’ve had enough and these OTC meds aren’t cutting it now.

Please bear with me if my posts are not as normal right now..that’s why….but i’m here…just trying to get better and get my Little well also.

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Monday – French Toast Sticks, Turkey Sausage, Grapefruit
Tuesday – Ham Slice, Buttered Noodles
Wednesday –  Chicken fingers, Stuffing, Asparagus
Thursday – Beef Pot Pies, Buttermilk Biscuits (Little Bear request)
Friday –  Take out
Saturday – Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Buttermilk Biscuits (Family Request – Did not make last week)

Sunday – Loving Leftovers. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s meals. This means a day-off for the chef!

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