People try to scare new Moms. They make them believe their babies are all watching their every move so they act proper and always do the right thing as a perfect role model. Is this the case??
Here’s the deal - while you definitely don’t have to be perfect all the time, children are looking to their parents to role model behavior, habits and what a healthy lifestyle will look like. Here’s an awesome story to prove that THEY ARE WATCHING!
We just celebrated Veteran’s Day here in the US and since it was a “holiday” many daycare’s were closed. Amy, my client (also my blog and website consultant and one of my ex-athletes I coached at NK) didn’t have anyone to watch Hadley, her beautiful 14 month old daughter. My Mom was off from her school so she agreed to watch her in the gym while Amy got her lift on. Hadley got to meet all the gym goers that morning and she loved it. Amy went about her normal routine and got her big lifts in while Hadley was entertained by my Mom (Linda). She would peep out to see her Mom do some big lifting now and then.
Fast forward 2 weeks later and Amy has reported and shown me videos of Hadley’s new “passion”. She walks up to anything she can get her hands around (a big table, a hug ball bigger than her own body, and even a brick) and proceeds to pick said object up in the air and start walking with it. Check out the video below to see her in action:
Looks like Hadley was watching her strong Mom that day in the gym and wants to emulate her actions. We are just glad that she is taking to weight training at a mere 4 months! Haha! I think it’s safe to say that Hadley (and many other babies) ARE watching their Moms after all! Just glad Amy is a great role model and being healthy for her baby Hadley.