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27 September 2007 @ 09:54 am
Tips for happy parenting  
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First I would start with some tips for any of you wannabe parents out there. These are a bit more obscure to what you might expect but nevertheless quite usefull.

So here we go...

This tip is a bit generalised as it applies to everything in life. You just happen to really notice it when you have two kids running around. Well one runs around the other one just looks at you wanting food and cuddles.

*Enter Chuck Norris*

Getting yourself to a reasonable level of fitness makes looking after kids that much easier. I am not as fit as I want to be but I am working on it. Aerobic fitness is always important. It helps to keep you alert for longer and lets you run around in the playground with them longer instead of just sitting about and watching. Unless that is your thing of course.

Next but equally import is core strength, particularly your abdominal muscles. Not only do they help you move shopping trollies around but they also help you to get up quickly and repetitively without getting exhausted. eg. Want to get up from a couch without waking your freshly sleeping baby? Use your abs to get up. It's like one big situp out of the couch while holding your baby with both arms. Minimising the turbulance. Same applies for gently and slowly putting them into bed without shagging your back and waking them up. Strong abdominal muscles gives you control for many activities such as going down slippery slides in rapid succession. So you can get up off the ground and go again.

Leg muscles, squats for strength for getting up and down from the ground a lot and picking up children. As well as jumping around like a kangaroo ;)
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Randomhalloranelder on September 27th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)

How are you?
fengshuiguy on September 29th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Dude! Great to see you able to snatch a moment to post.

Good advice for anyone, I think - core strength never goes astray.

Y'know, they don't tell you this at the hospital, but if you'd had twins, they're great for arm curls, too. ;-)
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Core Body Strength
Are you trying to say you didn't have enough core body strength to push a trolley before you had kids?