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Tiny Shoes — Their Partners in Fun and Fitness

Tiny Shoes — Their Partners in Fun and Fitness

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The fondest memory that I have of my children was when they took their first steps. You know that cheer and excitement you feel when suddenly their tiny bodies balance themselves miraculously and stand and walk. So much so, that if the husband was not around, I called him with squeals of laughter. Remember those tiny shoes that made that annoying sound with every step and also flashed kitschy lights. My younger son could not bear to part with those shoes even after he had outgrown them. His first partners in crime as he played in the sand pit, climbed and hung upside down from the swings and got into impromptu races with his toddler friends.

Those shoes that are their first companions when they skip, walk, sprint and jump. My sons have been going up a size or two every year and their shoes are no longer tiny. The elder son has touched size 12 and his footwear is punching big holes in our wallet. 🙂

For the longest time, evenings for them has meant outdoors. Their father has ensured that they go out and play every evening. It helps that the parents also go for their walks outdoors at that time. You know something to do with imbibing what they see.

As we battle with rising obesity and weight issues for children in the times of gadgets replacing outdoors, it is a struggle for parents to get them to play and do more physical activity. It must start from childhood. Encourage the tiny feet to play, cycle and do sports. If you can join your kids or at least be physically active yourself, it is even better.

Good habits set in the childhood will hold them in good stead when they are older. Let’s all aim for the physically active next Gen.

This is my entry for Day 5 “tiny shoes”  prompt in Blog-A-Thon by Blog-A-Rhythm

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28 thoughts on “Tiny Shoes — Their Partners in Fun and Fitness

  1. I totally agree with you Rachna. Kids should be encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, and take up some sport. It will do a world of good to them not just physically but also emotionally.

  2. I really wondered how you’d incorporate this prompt onto this fitness blog, but you did it so well.
    And on the topic, actually kids should be encourage to enjoy the outdoors and some physical activity. And in turn we should do it with them too 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sid. The prompts really made me wrack my brain. 🙂 Absolutely, tough as it is, parents have to lead by example.

  3. Mahn, I somehow get irritated the moment I hear the ‘pichk-pichk’ of those flashy light tiny shoes. But the moment I see those cute toddlers, running away with the best and most perfect smile on their face, I can’t help but be happy again! 🙂

  4. I so agree, kids should go out and play. I ensure to go out with S every single day. It just has to be done. Sometimes I even run around with him if I have to, but he has to get his play time in.

    1. You will have to accompany her then. I remember I used to put the kids in the stroller and walk with them in it. Both of us enjoyed that. 🙂

  5. That is a brilliantly executed post! Yes, children today are more happy watching the Doremon and pokemons play on television than experiencing it themselves. On a second thought aren’t we responsible for it?

  6. Rachna, what you say is true, I idolized my dad and would see him going for his morning and evening walks regularly. I followed suit and to this day I don’t miss an opportunity of going for a walk. My kids used to see their parents, cycling or walking in the evenings and they too love the outdoors. Great post, childhood obesity is alarming.

    1. Same with me, Sulekha. My dad was very regular with his walks and Yoga and subconsciously I have imbibed this. I am so glad that you are so active.

    1. Oh Dengue is a fear everywhere. Here in Bangalore as well. I am sure you can let them play with full sleeves and covered legs. 🙂

  7. So heartily agree with the need for good old-fashioned outdoor play. I used to do it a lot as a kid and stopped in my teens. Gy shows no sign of tiring of it yet and I am so glad. Lovely rewind to those flashing lights on tiny shoes. And yes! They were annoying 😀

    1. Oh yes, that pach pach used to drive me nuts. The only thing that stopped me from throwing them out was the absolute joy on the face of the son. 🙂 I guess we as children had no choice. Not much TV, no gadgets, no internet, so outdoors it was for us. But these days, we have to make a conscious effort to make them go outdoors.

  8. Well said, Rachna. Too many kids spend time indoors these days stuck to screens on their devices and this has far reaching effects on various aspects of life – keeping them from doing the normal things they’re supposed to! And best way is to teach them by example! Win-win for both sides!

    1. Absolutely! Win-win, Vidya. I have seen most parents crib about kids not playing games or going outdoors while they stay cooped inside all day long. Why?

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