Time is the wisest counsellor of all
From the time they're born, kids observe everything. It's good for them to know that their parents are individuals too, with their very own wants, needs and passions. This is the beginning of teaching kids about the concept of identity; I also believe it is important to lead by example and by fulfilling your own fitness needs.
I've been a dad for six years, it has completely changed my life and I love it. I also love being alone, going for runs to re charge my brain (its liberating to be in your own head) or hitting the gym at Mindset Functional Fitness and having a “play” in the massive adult playground. Yet as every parent knows, carving out time to savour one's individual identity, whether for a day or a week, is challenging. There are logistics and more logistics. But it's not impossible. And I believe alone time is essential for the overall health of both parents and kids.
At Young Ones we offer parents the chance to leave their kids with us over 5 hours per week in our fitness classes where we workout the kids through exercise play whilst the parents can unwind for a needed break. At our facility in Mindset Functional Fitness we can also give the parent a chance to work out on their own while we train their children in the studio or even just have a coffee in peace… there are options for you - we can also help with family fitness testing, workouts and holiday clubs during school holidays. It's easy to fall into the trap of acting like a control freak, insisting that no one can care for your kids as well as you can. But this is simply an excuse. It's good for kids to spend time with a trusted caregiver; your kids will gain a lot from a fresh perspective.
When was the last time you did something for yourself? Whatever you wanted, when you wanted? If you try this, even for a few hours a week or one day, such as our one day exercise and well being day for children on December 23rd 9am to 4pm at Mindset Functional Fitness, you'll begin to relax into your own body, triggering a sense of well-being.
Depending on how much time you've spent away from your kids and your personality type, you might not miss your kids at all, or you might miss them a ton. Either way, the reunion is grand. You look at each other anew and focus on all the things you love about each other. Give Young Ones a try.