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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