What do you see when you look at this picture?
If you look closely you will probably see a woman climbing a rock wall.
Well, MiniE saw this picture in a magazine at the babysitter’s house the other day and immediately pointed out that this was her mama (it’s not) but it left an impression on the babysitter so much that she tore out the page and gave it to me.
My initial reaction was that any female she sees she is going to call out as “mama” so I did a little experiment. I showed her pictures of women doing different things:
- Running – MiniE looked at her and said “Mama”
- Lifting Weights – again, MiniE said “Mama”
- Watching TV on the couch – MiniE looked at the picture and gestured that she didn’t know.
- A woman staring at herself in a bikini – No response from MiniE
That struck me and it’s made me think. Even at 1 year of age, MiniE has formed an opinion about me, she has developed an idea of what mom does and I’m happy with how that is shaping up.
We all have said it at one point or another..that part of why we do this is to motivate and inspire our kids to know that they can, and should live a healthy lifestyle.
I think what’s startling me, in a good way, is actually being able to see how my habits have shaped her notion of what a healthy lifestyle looks like. She is seeing a strong, capable and empowered woman. She didn’t relate that woman in the bikini to me, only the active women. That makes me happy. That tells me I’m doing something right.
More than just seeing what a healthy lifestyle looks like, I want her to see that:
It’s not about the form, it’s about the function
So I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing. I’m going to invite her and her brother to participate whenever possible in the hopes that they grow up to find their passion in fitness and health too. I know that passion is what ultimately drives us to overcome the obstacles that makes healthy happen.