I love being a mom. I adore my kids. But our recent spring break has given me a growing appreciation for teachers. After several days of a house full of kids, my admiration for educators who manage multiple children all at once—everyday—rose to new levels.
Frankly, kids are a lot of work. But they are so fun. And I always learn something from my kids. Spring break this week opened my eyes once again.
My oldest son, Noah, is eight. And for fun we allowed him to invited a couple of his closest buddies for an overnight stay…which turned into a multiple night stay. They were having such a great time and entertained themselves very well.
But I noticed eventually that these three little boys had somehow turned into a house full of eight children. I laughed as I watched them play and interact. But I also took note of some important things I observed in them; things that we can all use a reminder of.
1. Kids really only eat when they are hungry and so should adults.
I noticed this week that the children didn’t graze all day like adults sometimes do. They are so busy playing and being active that they truly treat food as its intended purpose: FUEL. They eat so that they can fuel back up and run back outside to play.
2. Our bodies really were made to move.
Just watching these children run and jump and play was motivational to me. They played freeze tag and chase and hardly stopped to take a breath. They can’t move slowly. Everything is done at a sprint.
As I watched their energy I marveled that they probably burned more calories in one game of dodge ball, than I do in a week of workouts in the gym. But how wonderful that outside activities took precedence over being glued to the TV.
3. Nothing quenches your thirst like water.
We try not to have sugary drinks around the house. But for spring break I did get some little juice boxes and things that I thought our guests might enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that when the little tribe of boys ran through the house wanting a drink that they asked for water! It really is the most refreshing beverage. When you are thirsty, its what your body craves. As adults we should all adopt that habit.
4. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep.
I was afraid after opening up our home to a group of little boys that I’d regret that decision when it came night time. I envisioned them wanting to stay up until all hours of the night and being loud and waking the baby. What I found was that because they had put in a hard day of activity when 9:00 pm rolled around they all crashed. And that sleep was essential to giving them the energy they needed to wake up the next day and do it all over again.
5. Physical activity is contagious.
I started out with a conservative number of kids in the house. But as I said soon three little boys grew to a group of eight. And I saw in them that physical activity is fun and it is contagious!
Energy is more fun to exert with a group. And there’s an accountability there too. Do you think one of those kids could have sat around and been lazy while all the others were energetically bouncing around having fun? No way. This reinforced the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded positive influences that will encourage us to get up and get moving.
As I said, I am always learning great things or being reminded of important things from my kids. This spring break was no exception.