As you may all know, I am a busy business owner and a proud Dad to four very energetic children. So, when I tell you that making time to run and play sports with my kids is important to me, believe me, I really mean it!
Some might think, “I’m too busy to run around with my kids, I have work, school, life to deal with!” And trust me, I get it. We are all busy people. But taking the time to play with your children is so worth it.
Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, but it’s also a great bonding experience. It’s a chance for you to teach them about teamwork, fair play, and staying active.
I have a personal goal of running at least three times a week. I run to clear my head, run when I’m busy, and even run when I’m feeling down. It’s my form of therapy, and it helps me be a better Dad.
I run by myself because we all need what we like to call “me time,” but I also do it with my children when their schedules allow them to—seeing your children smile and laugh as you play together. Let me tell you; it is the best feeling in the world.
Find an Activity You Can Do Together
My eldest son Carter plays soccer. Incidentally, I also coach the kids’ soccer team. No matter how busy I get, I attend his games and help him with his practice sessions. Being present builds his self-esteem and encourages him to do better.
We’re building a remarkable father-son bond, and I cherish every moment.
There’s no assurance that Carter would become a great soccer player, but that doesn’t matter to me. The important thing is that we’re doing something together that we both enjoy.
We’ve also recently introduced the kids to swimming. It’s a great workout, and it’s also a lot of fun. It’s another activity that we can start doing together as a family. You don’t need to be a world-class athlete to play sports and be active with your children. There are plenty of activities that you can do together, no matter what your skill level is.
Eating Well Starts at Home
My wife also teaches the kids the importance of staying active and eating right. We always make sure to have a healthy dinner together as a family.
We sit down, turn off all distractions, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a chance for us to catch up on everyone’s day and hear about the things that are going on in their lives.
We also use this time to talk about making healthy food choices. My kids are still young, but I want them to learn about the importance of nutrition now.
Eating well isn’t just about being skinny or looking good. It’s about having the energy to do the things you love and live a long, healthy life.
I know that life is busy, and finding time to play with your kids can be challenging. But I promise you; it’s so worth it. Not only is it great exercise, but it’s also a great way to bond with your children. I want my children to understand that now so that they can make good choices throughout their lives.
So get out there and have some fun!