I’m not at all close to being an athlete; I don’t play sports, I hate to run or move which then causes sweat, it’s just something not meant for me. Now how did I land a lad who absolutely loves everything I can’t stand? I still have no idea. My boyfriend has enjoyed running within the past few months and has helped with a bit with his back issues, so it’s no surprise that he wanted to see if Ziana would be into too.
About a month ago we started taking her to the track because he had signed her up for the France Run 8K in Central Park, so we wanted to start “training” her. We bought her a pair of snazzy red Nike Roshe One to match her daddy and had her run with him by his side. All she had to do was run a lap and at first of course she stopped here and there. The second time we took her she just stopped once, the third time we took her she ran two laps with a break in between and didn’t stop at all! Is this s potential runner!?
I think it’s super important to keep your child active and sign them up for sports at a young age so they can become great at something and most importantly to lead a healthy lifestyle of being active. Sports help a child develop physical skills, exercise, make friends, have fun, sportmanship, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem. We are those parents who are the ones who would push and have pushed Ziana (3-years-old) to give it her all and not hype her up when she doesn’t do great or win. We’re proud to an extent, but will push her to always do better and not be pleased with being second, SHOCKING! Some parents may be judging us and others are on the same boat as us.
There was a viral video that went around on Facebook where the father of a boy won a participation medal for not having won the game of whatever sport it was, the father told the son to respectfully decline and not take the medal. People were outraged! We weren’t at all. Why have your child accept a participation medal? What message is that sending to do whatever crappy job and you’ll be rewarded? No thank you.
What are your thoughts on this issue?
And now without further a due the photos from daddy and daughter’s France Run..
Catching daddy (in the red) running in the beginning of the race
> Daddy was out of it after his run
Ziana’s signature pose when getting ready for a run
Receiving her medal
Renatta and Z