Over on Fit Bottomed Girls recently, I asked if cigarettes had any place in healthy lifestyle. It came to mind when I learned that Gwyneth Paltrow allows herself one cigarette a week as a guilty pleasure. Not only does it boggle my mind how cigarettes go along with her otherwise healthy lifestyle, but it made me wonder: Do her kids know? And how does she talk to them about that unhealthy habit?
As a parent, you certainly don’t want your kids picking up on unhealthy habits, even if you do them yourself. But as a parent, is “do as I say, not as I do” ever okay? We can’t be perfect models of health all the time, but we certainly are our kids’ best line of defense against really unhealthy behaviors.
My kids are both under three, and I’m already working on setting a good example for them when it comes to health through my actions. My daughter knows what it means to exercise, and hopefully she’ll know that cupcakes are yummy and are sometimes foods. I’m hoping vegetables and fruits as snacks are more familiar than, say, Twinkies. We only have control of their habits for so long—and arguably, we don’t even have “control” when they’re super young!—so we have to make the most of the time we do have and the messages we can send.
Luckily, I kicked my year-long cigarette habit a long, long time ago. And my worst vices are Chipotle and chocolate.
But how about you? Do you have any unhealthy habits you don’t want your kids to pick up? —Erin