Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Setting the Example

My son is leaving for sleep away camp in August, and my husband will also be away for part of that time on a business trip. With both of the "men" away, I thought it would be the perfect time for a Mother/Daughter "spa" get away.

So I'm taking my daughter August 10-12 to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY (http://www.eomega.org/). Omega is not really a "spa" in the classic sense. It's more of a destination get away for the health conscious. The meals are vegetarian, and there's plenty of swimming, canoeing, yoga classes, hiking etc.

Because we're going mid-week I signed up for a "rest and retreat" program for myself, and my daughter will is signed up for the children's program. We'll have plenty of time together, but I'll also get some time off to go for a hike, take a class or get a massage.

When we're together, I plan to take her canoeing, swimming or hiking. The point is to introduce her early to the idea that exercise is both important and fun.

My other motivation for going to Omega is to try to get her stubbornness to eat a bit better than she currently does. Like many eight year olds, she feels that ingesting fruits and vegetables in anything close to their natural form is gross.

She may only be eight now, but I know her teen years are a blink away. I'm hoping that some day, when her friends are struggling with their weight issues, that she'll thank me for promoting healthy eating and exercising. habits (at least I can dream that).


  1. Smart choice! I have been exercising and eating healthy with my daughter since she was an infant and now we both support each other's fitness, and at age 21, she is an athlete and a beautiful and strong young woman. Girls watch their mothers like hawks - even when they act like they are ignoring you, they are watching - and learning.

  2. Good for you! I think its so important that we teach our children (boys and girls) the importance of having healthy bodies. My son accompained me to exercise class tonight and he had a ball. As soon as he entered the house he ran to his dad to show him what he did in "boot camp" class. It wasn't my boot camp class but why ruin it for him. Start at 8 and hopefully at 28 they won't have any problems eating right and being physically fit.