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Heritage, simply put is “practices that are handed down from the past from heir to heir.”
If you are like me I want those practices to be constructive and profitable. I want this for my family but I want our heritage to touch others in the most effective and efficient ways.
God has put on my heart to try to help people not to see through a tunnel when they make decisions but to see a much bigger picture. Namely, decisions made today that might affect your family many years in the future.
For example: your approach to success may be that job or career. But what if that career proves to tear your family apart? Oppositely, an at-peace, fulfilled person can have such a dynamic effect in his or her life that it can virtually change everything around them.
Other examples can be found in God leading a family to a certain calling. Many times our kids might not understand why we do what we do. They have to be communicated to in a way that is acceptable to them even though they may not be on board all the way. Too many times parents let their kids steer the direction of the family just to get along but that can have a negative impact on the family many years in the future. Can I say it might even lead to the death of a family unit?
Always remember the choices you make today will impact your life today, but how will those choices impact you and your family 25, 50 or 100 years from now?
We are building heritage within our lives for good or bad. How do you want it?
Backtrack to this one night in particular which was also one of our normal “family nights“ that were incorporated through most of our years growing up. After my Dad finished the long-winded droning of blah, blah blah that happened MANY a time when he had us all sitting down, he asked us what he had just talked about. We all looked at each other baffled. “Oh crap, he’s never asked this before after these blabberings. Usually it’s just, "Do you get that?" - and we would of course say, "Yes.”
None of us could recall any of what he was saying, and our attempts at guessing were getting him pretty heated. Well, this is where it got a little ugly. We were ordered to bed somewhat angrily!!! At 7:30 in the evening!!! And the next day when we were called together to discuss this event, and after getting grounded and lectured up and down, he again attempted to get his point across. I don’t know if we all got the gist of what he was saying even at that time, but we knew it was about heritage. Hence the dread of the “H word” was born, and many a time we would (somewhat) jokingly roll our eyes at the start of a yammering by Dad and say, “Oh no! The H word!”, as in Anna’s story.
I will also say that I have been witness to my perfect parents being somewhat “imperfect” and that has become one of the values of the Meadows’ heritage in itself. My parents did not seek to pass down a heritage of human perfection, but one of strong Godly character. This one story is just a small glimpse into how our life really was. There were disobedient children, selfish teens, and yes, sometimes angry, frustrated parents, but the way the bad and ugly were dealt with and not hidden instilled yet another part of our Godly heritage.
And what means so much to me now is that I "get" heritage! No, I didn’t listen very well to all those lectures, but my Dad didn’t give up! And it’s a lot better that I remember that my Dad cared enough to sit down and talk with us about life, even if I was annoyed and didn’t always get what he was saying, than that he was some passive Dad who watched TV or worked all the time.
So your family life might have more bad and ugly than good, but are you still aggressively seeking to pass down a Godly heritage to your children? If you aren’t, then who will?
I know a little about a finicky eater. I have one and now he is 16. We still ask him to eat a small portion of good foods, even if he doesn't like them...or at least one bite. His eating has improved a bit over the years, but food just isn't important to him. He could just as soon NOT eat as eat. And often he just doesn't. (I think he could fast for a week and it wouldn’t even bother him.)
Pray a lot! Hang in there with him, appeal to him about his health, require small bites of everything and have LOTS of carrots on hand! LOL
Know that he is who he is....(and all this time I thought we could shape and mold our kids into our likeness!..hahaha)
He's a great kid, given to a wonderful family, who is going to do mighty things for the Kingdom.
Food? Keep feeding him the Word....the rest will take care of itself!
Does that help at all? I do understand your pain. Man! This parenting stuff is hard sometimes!
I don’t ever want to hear anybody say they don’t have time to exercise. If you are thinking that about your life, then you just haven’t gotten creative enough about figuring out how to fit that physical training in. So maybe you’re a busy mom or dad who just can’t justify leaving their kids anymore than you already do to get to the gym. Well, why not make kid time PT time too!
I’ve threatened to write a book called “Baby Dumbbell”. I don’t want to go through the hassle of getting some doctor to help me make sure my methods are “safe”, so I’ll just get my message out on the web where I don’t have to worry about somebody suing me. . . wait you won’t right? So, I’m warning you - use at your own risk! Grab those dummies (oops, I mean kids) and let’s get in shape!
Set a timer on your watch and start jumping! Trampoline, jumping jacks, in place - whatever! You keep your heart rate up for 20 minutes, you are burning some fat off! Don’t like to jump? Do a routine of marching, running up and down stairs, walking, jogging, kicks, arm circles, you can even lunge around the yard. The kids will love it! Play follow the leader and you can take turns leading - you follow a rambunctious 5 year old around and you’ve had a workout that wouldn’t even rival any military PT!
Yucky weather outside? Do it inside. Tables are great for lapping around, crawling is even better inside. Do bear crawls (on hands and feet), military crawls (on forearms and feet), jump like frogs, hop like bunnies, walk around the room like monsters (stay in a deep squat while walking around and roaring). Put on some music and dance. Let them imagine and make up things.
Not enough of a challenge? Play games. Tag, duck-duck-goose, freeze games, red-light-green-light, hop scotch, red rover, ball games, races, etc. Set that timer and just keep moving!
Ok, so for part of my book (using them as dumbbells). Hold them and do chest presses, do superman (with them on your feet) and bend and straighten your legs, have them sit on your back while you do push ups. Hold them in your lap while you do dips. They can sit on you as you do sit-ups. Give them a kiss or a five each time you come up!
Let them sit on you while you hold a wall squat (back against the wall, legs bent at a 90 degree angle). While standing lift them up and down. Hold them and twist at the waist back and forth. Just grab them and start doing something - be creative! You’ll be surprised at what you come up with and the kind of workout you can have.
Maybe one of your resolutions this year is getting in shape. Maybe it’s to spend more time with your kids too. Well, you have no excuses now! Grab them and get moving! Follow some of these tips and make up some of your own and you are getting that body in shape and for all your little ones know you have just become a cool parent that likes to play with them!
What activities do you like to do to keep you and your kids in shape?