I remember the first time I realized that my girls are always listening to what I say — when I’m not necessarily talking to them. It was when one of them repeated a word I use or a story I told or even an inflection I rely on. And I paused and listened and looked and noticed that they pick up on what I put out there and, often, they mirror me.
I’ve written a lot about my decision to tell my girls why I exercise — because it makes me stronger and puts me in a better mood. They shrug at the former and nod vigorously at the latter; I’m okay with that.
I’ve also talked to them about why I’m conscious about what I eat — I’ve made poor food choices in the past and I want to change that.
(Almost) every time, I’ve followed this answer-what-they-ask philosophy with my girls. They know about cycles and bodies and changes, they know about real terminology and body image and advertising.
But there was one time when I had no idea how to answer their questions — about my choices.
I wrote about this at Everyday Family and I’d so love for you to come over there and weigh in.
Do you tell your kids allthethings? How do you explain nights out or — if you’ve taken them — classes like these?