I am such a hypocrite! I was telling Bryan how much I love making Mia's food because she doesn't get the preservatives and excess sodium, as I was stuffing my face with a fast food breakfast!
Why is it that I care so much what I'm putting into her body, but when it comes to myself if it's eatable I just shovel it in? I now understand the phrase, "Do as I say not as I do." I said to Josh as I was recounting this coversation at dinner, "We need to lead by example. If we're going to expect Mia to be healthy we need to eat healthy around her and we need to do healthy activities with her."
Josh and I eat very healthy at home. We cook and use health substitues for unhealthy ingredients in most cases and don't snack. Every once in a while we'll have a frozen pizza or hamburger helper, but be honest who doesn't? Okay, you health nuts may not, but those of us who work full-time and run around to different activities at night get stuck with a pizza now and then.
I think once you have kids you start thinking differently about the choices you make. Evaluating whether or not you want your kids to do the same things. I don't want Mia to eat junk food. I want her to be active and healthy. Therefore, I need to make those changes in myself. I don't think that always works though.
When I was young my parents smoked, but they made the decision to quit more for us kids than for themselves. They didn't want us to smoke. I have never taken a puff in my life nor will I ever! My younger brother and sister on the other hand didn't get the message I guess.
What do you wish you had done to set a better example for your children?
What have you changed about your lifestyle to set a better example for your kids?