Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 80 of The New Family Podcast where we explore how to fit in exercise when you’re a busy parent.
Good news: You can actually stay fit more easily than you might imagine. My guest on today’s episode is Barbara Grant, founder, and director of a pilates studio called Retrofit Pilates. Barbara is also a movement educator, health and wellness writer, and the host of “Shape Up with Barbara Grant” on Rogers TV. Barbara and her husband Jim became parents in their 40s, and are now navigating an active life in downtown Toronto with their 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. She and I talk about the simple ways to work exercise into your everyday routine when family life is just too nutty to get to a fitness class. Plus, we chat about the importance of reclaiming a sense of play in our own exercise, something we tend to lose sight of while we’re focussed on getting our kids to all their enriching extra-curricular activities. Here’s how to save some of those resources for yourself so the whole family can be active and healthy.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Barbara.
Barbara’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“My mom raised six children. When I saw her with my children, I realized that she treated them each very much as individuals. Each of them was different. What worked with one child doesn’t work with another child. […] Children are very resilient. And children will move at their own speed and catch up or move forward at different times. Don’t sweat it. Continue to model, not the best ever, perfect, parenting behavior; but if you’re just a good decent person, acting and living a good life, your kids will pick up on that. And everyone is going to be okay in the end. You can’t sweat every minute of parenting. My mother hardly sweated anything.”
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