The Importance of Parent’s Setting an Example
Baseball is a dynamic sport that requires many fast twitch movements, balance, core strength, and repetitive movement patterns, all on top of mental fortitude and a toughness that shines through in the truest champions. Life is the same type of game. At MADE Baseball, we always say “Champions aren’t born…They’re MADE.” What we mean by this is that we have to make our paths as athletes and baseball players, we don’t do that by sitting on the couch and watching episodes of Sponge Bob square pants.
Even from a young age, we can encourage and educate our youth to have fun while exercising by showing them the basic human movements and then doing them with them. Often times, as moms or dads, if we simply and sneakily do the exercises that we want our children to do in front of them, ie; get down on the floor and crank out a set of push-ups or sit-ups while we are watching tv as a family (without saying a word to our child), our child will see what we are doing and then ask us what the heck was that!? We can simply say, “That was just a quick set up of push-ups so I can get stronger!” What do you think your child will do? They want to be exactly like you, so 90% of the time they will probably get on the ground and give it a shot. If not, who cares? You just did yourself a favor by getting in a little quick burst of exercise and motivation.
As our child grows up and they see the champion habits that we are incorporating into our own lives, they will be more likely to want to do the same things. They will be inclined to eat the same foods, take the same actions, speak the same type of vocabulary, and mimic the same type of energy that we output as parents. This is the human condition, so make sure that you are leading yourself in a champion way if you want your child to follow.
Our specific suggestions include:
- Talk about what a morning routine is with your child. Maybe they don’t even know what the word routine means. Teach them, and then show them, EVEryday.
- Do “sneaky” push-ups in front of them when you are watching tv, or even if you are just maneuvering through the house. Get on the ground and pump out 10-30 pushups, but make sure you are somewhere in their line of sight. You don’t have to make sure they are looking, just try to position yourself in such a way that you will likely “get caught” doing them. Once they ask you what your doing, the champion starts awakening.
- Practice your positive vocabulary. Incorporate words that are clearly said on purpose and said consistently. When you do this, you create your mindset and your energy. Our favorite word to use, and you probably already know it, is CHAMPION. We are championing our lives on an EVEryday basis on purpose. There are no accidents.
- We have hundreds more to add to this list, but we’d like to know other ways that you think you can set examples as parents. Please share them in the comments below and please, keep #GettinMADE!!
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