• Lara Flanagan

Day 50 - 360 days

Day 50 – 360 days

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66 kg – 4.8 kilos in 50 days

Calories: Less than 1200

Alcohol: none (day 50 of 50)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 33-minute yoga. 25-minute yoga. 17-minute yoga.

The year has gotten so busy, so quickly. Archie and Rissie only do one sport a year, thank god. Archie does soccer and Rissie does netball. Both sports are winter sports which leave our summer free. I am not sure how parents cope with more than one sport or activity. I am quite happy to say no to the kids, and they understand the privilege that is playing one sport. For us, a sport involves crossing the state border, training in a town that is 45 minutes away, games that are sometimes a few hours away, and Saturday mornings in bitterly cold temperatures.

One sport is enough.

It is ok to say no to your kids

A 360-days musing…….

As I said above, one sport is enough. I am a firm believer in saying no to my kids. I don’t want them growing up thinking that life is a circus. I don’t want them to be unable to cope with boredom. I want them to use the simple magic that is an imagination unattached to devices. I want them to value things because they are important. I don’t want them to be drowning in so much stuff that they have no idea of what they own. I don’t want them to think that built-in obsolescence makes it acceptable to chuck something because it needs to be repaired and buying a brand-new replacement. I don’t want their value to be derived from what they own. I don’t want their value to be derived from what they see on social media. I want them to be kind. I want them to be grateful. I want their cups to be half full rather than half empty.

Because of wanting all this, I know it is not only ok but essential to say no to your kids.

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