THE HUMAN BODY HANDBOOK: The Owner’s Manual
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in the Driver’s Seat WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PARENT
Sometimes, being a mom feels like being a taxi driver. You find yourself running around to school, lacrosse practice, sleepovers, birthday parties, and countless other events that fill the family calendar. Even when I’m not driving around, I have to be on my toes. There are days when I have six boys over at my house for a Nerf gun war! It can get overwhelming, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Motherhood is, let’s be honest, pretty crazy sometimes. I think it might be crazier today than when I was a kid, though I’m sure my mom would disagree. Back then, I really only had to worry about myself; meanwhile, my mom worried about all five of her kids, and she probably felt like a cab driver, too. Mom would always make us go to the gym with her, back when the gym was totally “unhip.” She worked out every day of her life and instilled in us that same ethic to work out and stay in shape. That’s not to say she never let us have fun. I remember some nights when, out of nowhere, Mom would decide we were having ice cream for dinner! She would always follow it up with a healthy breakfast and a trip to the gym the next day, to remind us that you don’t have to sacrifice fun for fitness. Even today, at 76 years old, my mom is on top of her health. She’s in the best shape a person can possibly be at that age, and she does yoga and Pilates every other day. I know Mom’s dedication to fitness is what led me to valuing fitness throughout my whole life, too. My husband and I both encourage our kids to work out everyday and build those habits. Ideally, they’ll carry these habits into adulthood and stick to a healthy lifestyle. A parent’s job is to help their kids become the grown-ups they’ll one day be. Part of that is teaching them values and habits, but I think another part is incorporating those values and habits into family memories. This busy world means that can be hard to achieve, but we make it work.
Recently, my whole family went out to the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center. We spent 6 hours checking out all the exhibits and even test-driving some of the cars! Shortly before that, my daughter and I went to see “Hamilton” together, which honestly lives up to the praise. The show was beyond good — definitely the best thing I’ve ever seen. The show sticks with you long after curtain call. It isn’t all auto shows and Broadway musicals, though. Every night, the family sits down around the dinner table to eat, talk about our days, and share a bit about what we’re grateful for. It’s our own tradition to keep the family close and remind us of what’s really important — even on the wildest of days. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and their own crazy, wonderful families! – Toni McGinley, PT Alta PhysicalTherapyOwner “A parent’s job is to help their kids become the grown-ups they’ll one day be. Part of that is teaching them values and habits … another part is incorporating those values and habits into family memories.”
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