Become a better parent — start running

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For the past week, I have been reading the book by Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages for Children. In this book Dr. Chapman describes the different love languages and how they are displayed by our children.

One of the possible love languages for your child is “Words of Affirmation.” Dr. Chapman mentioned that some parents might have a hard time using encouraging words. He says “One aspect of feeling encouraged is to feel good physically. Exuberance and vitality require energy; this means as parents we need to be in the best possible health physically, mentally, emotionally and physically. When we are encouraged, we are better able to encourage our children.”

So there you have it, become a runner and you will feel good physically and who knows this might translate over into being able to encourage your children more regularly.

As parents we are so quick to do whatever we can for our kids and sometimes we neglect our own good health. This can be our physical, mental or spiritual health. One way to help our kids is by getting in good shape and start running.

So maybe you have not exercised since high school or college. Well now is the time to start. Start with something simple. Take a short brisk 30 minute walk. Or how about you run for 5 minutes and then walk for 5 minutes. Today is the day that start getting in shape for you and your kids.

Please let us know if we can help or if you have any questions.

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