I’ll admit that I’m totally guilty of judging people that I don’t know. I’m not saying I’m vicious, but I am human.
That said, one place were I find myself refraining from judgement is at the gym. I know it takes guts to try something new, and I know it takes a hell of a lot of determination to simply get yourself there.
Also, I’m usually so focused on not making an ass out of myself that I don’t may much attention to other people.
So, this brings me to yesterdays Body Pump.
A woman had brought her 10(ish) year old daughter to the class. To top it off, the little girl was drinking, what I’m assuming to be, Starbucks coffee (it was in a Starbucks cup, and I
eavesdropped overheard her mention it being coffee.)
Let’s be clear: I am highly aware that everyone parents differently; there isn’t one “right” or “wrong” way to parent. I also know that I do not have children yet. Although, when I see situations like this, I do think to myself, if I were a parent, what would I do?
I’m not making the assumption that this woman is a bad mother. It just felt wrong to see a little girl at a weight lifting class, java in hand.
I am a huge advocate for healthy, active children, but in my mind active children are riding bikes, jumping rope, swimming, going on walks, etc.
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several mothers mention to me that their 4 – 6 year old daughters are already expressing signs of being self conscious about their bodies. This makes me wonder, is there a “right” or “wrong” way to talk to children about working out and being active? It it beneficial for little children attend fitness classes designed for adults?
I’d love, love, love to hear your opinion.