“You’re going to have a good day. You are a big girl. You can do this. Teamwork!”
This is the intention I’ve been actively setting with my three-year old for the past week.
Our daughter has had a tough time transitioning to her new school. We recently made the switch from her local daycare, where she adored her teachers and friends, to a big league Pre-K. This quality program is part of an elementary school located about 45 minutes from our house. For a child who much prefers familiar surroundings and cuddling her teachers (and yes, some coddling), we knew this switch in routine and surroundings would take time. But after two weeks of talking through the tears that were morphing into distracting classroom behavior, we decided to take a stand. We decided the best way to move forward was to empower her (with some appropriate reprimanding) to move past this. Now please cross your fingers, because it has been working.
While I’m sure some people can relate, this is really only half my story. What I realized while doing this for my daughter was that it was actually helping me. It was motivating me to be better every day- as a parent, as an employee, as a spouse and friend, and most unexpectedly, as a runner.
I was struggling with running in the sense that I wasn’t feeling great physically (due to migraines) or mentally (I wasn’t enjoying it, even as a stress reliever). After I reached out to this community for solutions, and found a few things that helped my headaches, I realized I also needed to adjust my mindset. I started practicing what I was trying so hard to instill my toddler, and it made a difference.
“You’re going to have a good run. You are a runner. You can do this. Your Runitlikeamom team is with you.”
I know there will be days when I fight to embrace this affirmation, but I will do it. I will do it because it will help me to be a better version of myself. I will do it to show my daughter how powerful the mind can be. I will do it because we are a team.
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