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Raise a Healthy Family by Powering Up For Parenthood

heiseltfamilyHi. I’m Lizzie Heiselt. I run, I cook, I write. I change dirty diapers and wipe snotty noses. I answer the same questions over and over and over again. I laugh at the same jokes over and over and over again. I listen to the same music from the same iPad games over and over and over again. And while I may not love every minute of it, I do get a kick out of being a mom.I love seeing the way my two little boys (5 and 3) get excited every time they hear their 7-month old sister wake up from a nap. I love the look on my 3-year-old’s face when he thinks he’s come up with an especially clever story. I love exchanging glances with my husband over dinner as we listen to our 5-year-old recount, in great detail, the entire collection of Dora the Explorer books he read over at his friend’s house.

Being the mom is a good time. I get to say things like, “It’s my job to tickle you. That’s why I get paid the big bucks.” And, “It’s not my job to make things you like for dinner. It’s my job to give you things that are good for you.” I like hearing myself say, “You lost your monkey tail? I’m pretty sure I saw it underneath the couch, next to that dino-car you make of Trio blocks.”

But, of course, being the mom is also a big responsibility. I have a great desire as I think we all do to raise children that are healthy, active, well-rounded, emotionally mature, mentally aware, socially astute, giving, thoughtful, intentional and a million other things. It can be a heavy burden to carry, right? And it could weigh me down to the depths if I let it.

Instead, I do the best I can. I try to balance, to maintain perspective, to enjoy the moment and remember that spontaneity is essential to a healthy life as well. I try to develop strong relationships with my husband and kids. I share the things I love with them, and let them share their loves with me.

And those are the kinds of things that I write about, and that I hope to discuss with you all here: being physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Challenging ourselves to be better people, better parents. Finding ways to plug-in to the world we’ve created our spouse, our children, our home and let it fill us with joy. Or, to find other outlets places, people, hobbies where we can be plugged in and power up to have the energy to truly be there for the people who need us most.

I write a lot about running because it is something I do that helps me feel that way: energized, fulfilled, powered up. I love that it is something that challenges me, and that lets me see improvement as I make goals for different distances and race for better times. It also gives me a lens for looking at my life and helps me see my hopes and dreams and challenges as a person and a parent in more concrete, workable ways.

And, of course, running keeps me healthy. It helps me make better decisions about what to eat and what to feed my family. It clears my mind and stabilizes my emotions. I hope that I’m able to support you in your efforts to raise and healthy, functional, fun-loving family as well. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and hearing your tips and tricks to being fit and healthy and well and whole.

So tell me, how do you power up for parenthood?

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