Parenting an Active Child and Remaining Comfortable this Fall

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A few years ago, I posted about parenting an active child at 369.8 lbs and I talked about the struggles of being morbidly obese with an active, rambunctious young child. Now that I’m significantly smaller at 200 lbs (and still losing), I’m dealing with a new set of struggles and learning ways to live comfortably while staying involved in my active child’s life full time. I’ll give you tips on how parenting an active child and remaining comfortable are simple and quick and will make an impact on your life for years to come.

Since Benjamin was very young, Howard and I have tried to encourage him to be active. We both struggled with being obese and sedentary for most of our lives and we didn’t want that for our child. We signed him up for soccer, basketball, t-ball, and even flag football through the years. While he’s participated in all of these sports in their various seasons, his favorite (and ours) has become fall soccer. Being active during the fall is important to us because the weather is beautiful in Texas and we’re learning to love the outdoors more and more.

However, parenting an active child comes with struggles. At 370 lbs, I dealt with not being able to keep up and not wanting to take him to practice or sit too long for the games. I couldn’t get on my feet like the other parents and cheer for my boy. I couldn’t help him with his equipment at the end of a busy practice or game so he would get discouraged at times. Now that I am smaller and want to be more involved in my son’s activities this fall, I’ve learned tricks for remaining comfortable and things are different. He’s rediscovering his love for fall soccer and I’m learning to love being a good soccer mom on the sidelines.

Here are my tips for parenting an active child and remaining comfortable this fall season:

Learn the game’s rules.

Whatever sport your child is participating in is important to him/her. Learn the rules and what position s/he is playing and find the appropriate times to get on your feet and cheer! You don’t have to be in the game or run the drills with them to be a participant in their sporting endeavors, but being a good cheerleader is important.

Be attentive during activities.

I have a problem that I don’t like to admit. I’m on my phone a LOT. I like to check Facebook and Instagram frequently and I’m active in a lot of online groups. I also work online (hello, blogging world!) so some of this online time is necessary, but sometimes I tend to gravitate toward my phone during practices and occasionally during games (but only when my boy isn’t on the field). Being more present and in the moment for my son’s fall soccer is a definite goal for me. Being more attentive during activities is important for your own well-being, but also for your active child’s happiness. If you find yourself checking Facebook during a practice, get on your feet and walk around, encourage your child and the teammates to work together and rock out their drills. You’ll feel better and your child will beam with pride (hopefully!).

Find ways to live comfortably.

I’ve put my body through some “stuff” throughout the years. I have lower back pain, knee pain, and foot pain on the regular. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking for pain relief for these areas for a long time. I recently visited Walmart and came across Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts and thought I would give them a try. I tried out the FootMapping® technology used in the Custom Fit® kiosk and was recommended to pick up the CF420 inserts according to my measurements (check out the end of this post to learn more about my experience at the kiosk). I’ve tried them out at a couple of our fall activities and I’m already noticing a difference in my foot, knee, and lower back pain. Find a Custom Fit® Kiosk near you here. And get $10 savings after purchase on the Custom Fit® Online Rebate Center.

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Carry the equipment for your child.

Being a good parent of an active child means helping them out when they need it the most. After an hour or two of practicing or playing a game, the last thing they want to do is carry all that equipment back to the car. I mean, they have after-game snacks and drinks, high-fiving their teammates, and thanking the referee to worry about! Surprise your child at the end of a practice or game and grab up their supplies and carry it for them. When you’re living comfortably in your lower back, feet, and knees, you won’t have to worry about the extra equipment in your arms causing additional discomfort.

Reward your child with your support.

Throw up a high-five or make a supportive sign for games to reward your child for trying his/her best. Benjamin tends to not get much play time occasionally because he’s sitting down or distracted, but when he knows I’m going to put up a Go Team! or Go Benjamin #12! sign, he begs coach to put him in. Of course, a snow cone or a trip to his favorite play place after the game gets him motivated as well. Let your child know that you’re there for support and they will want to SHINE for you! Once you’re comfortably for fall activities, you’ll want to encourage your child to be more active, too.

More info on Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics:

As I mentioned, I visited the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics kiosk at Walmart for my custom FootMapping®. Here’s how it all works.

First, you will take off your shoes and step on the kiosk where you find the footprints. Then, you just follow the prompts on your screen. It will walk you through what it wants you to do (i.e. hold onto the bars and stand on one foot, then the other). The kiosk uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length and unique pressure points. In under 2 minutes, the kiosk evaluates all this data and recommends the Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts that are right for you.

Then, your inserts are right there on the kiosk to pick up and start living comfortably this fall.

What are your tips for staying active (and comfortable) with your child this fall?

 

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