Now that was a super long weekend, but a very active one for our household! Saturday we decided it was time to introduce our young man to the world of Parkruns. Although we were going to the Lonehill Parkrun initially, we opted for the Bryanston single loop Parkrun.
I was last at the Bryanston Parkrun in 2015, and I immediately saw how it has grown in the last year! Parking was a challenge back then, it is even more now. We literally had to drive down to the end of the road, double back a few metres so that we could park. Of course this meant a nice longish walk back to the start, which helped warm up our legs for the Parkrun 🙂
There were so many families with prams and toddlers, the brilliant part was that we all started towards the end of the batch, allowing all the serious runners to go off first.
At one point we were not even half way up the first 2.5km when the leading runners were already on their way back to the finish 🙂
Hubby and I didn’t record our best times or positions, but it was all worth it to be doing it as a family. Although, being a tad competitive I wasn’t totally cool *hidesface*
J was having fun initially, but got bored at the half-way mark. It will take time I know, but at least he is embracing the idea of walk/running and not just watching the screen at home!
He can’t yet earn points for his participation, but that’s all cool. I can’t wait to see his face when he reaches his first Parkrun Milestone – 10th Parkrun participation!
Yes, I’m excited for him and at the thought too 🙂
In our household we work on a reward system. Nothing is free/mahala! Nada! Everyone has to earn whatever they want to get. DadD and I work to earn money to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. J has to do different things so that he too can earn the toy car, the cupcakes etc his little heart yearns for.
He wanted more cupcakes this weekend, and because he had participated in being physically active this weekend.. he earned it!
This time we asked him which of the cupcake packages he wanted. Snowflakes have so many choices, why restrict him!
He went for the Barbie Cupcakes 🙂
I will admit, I was initially surprised by his choice.
Why though? He should be free to select whatever he wants. It’s just freaking food. We’re constantly encouraging him to makes his own mind up, this needs to be applied across the board, and not only when it suits us.
Society believes pink is for girls and blue for boys. Why? Does eating or dressing in a colour deemed for the opposite sex change who you are? All the men who wore the different shades of pink, you all remember that fad, did it change them? No! So, yes for a second there I almost let society expectations dictate to me and my son, what he is or isn’t allowed. Sad!
He was thrilled that he was permitted to make his own choice, and that at the end of the day, is all that matters to me…
Him knowing that his choices matter too.
Most of all him knowing that he is loved!