I’ve been thinking a lot about a thought-provoking question that I recently received from one of the parents in our tiny-but-mighty #ProjectActiveFamily community.
“What suggestions do you have for families who have little spare time for adventures that involve coming together as a complete family?” that parent asked.
Her question got me thinking about how often we end up setting the bar impossibly high for ourselves; and how quickly we can become discouraged as a result. After all, if your definition of success on the active front involves (a) getting the entire family together and (b) doing something super-adventurous each and every time, you’re going to find it pretty tough to keep meeting that standard.
Consider how much less stressful this active living goal becomes if you tweak that definition of success in a way that works for—not against—you:
If you look for opportunities to be active with whatever family members happen to be available at a particular time and if you recognize that you don’t have to make things super complicated for yourself and your kids. The goal, after all, is to achieve lasting change: to find ways to make your family’s new active living habit stick in a pleasurable and sustainable way.
Bottom line? Instead of setting the active living bar impossibly high for yourself, allow yourself to experience the life-changing joy of keeping it real—and then encourage your kids to do the same.
Do you have a tip or idea to share with other members of the Project Active Family community? We’d love to hear your best advice on getting—and staying—active as a family.
Click here to read all Ann’s posts.