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Why I always run in the Mom’s Race at sports day

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Or slide down the water slide at parties…

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Or participate in “Mom wrestling”, jumping into pools fully clothed and just pretty much having fun every chance I get….

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Because my darling girls, life is far too short to take yourself too seriously. Remember to always laugh at yourself and never be ashamed of who you are, even when who you are is just downright silly with a side of childish.

Nobody enjoys a boring person, so get off the side lines and get involved. Even if you think you’re going to look silly, even if you know you won’t win, you’ll earn respect for trying and endear yourselves to others by being able to laugh at yourself with them.

Run in that race, because it’s not about winning, it’s about showing up and giving it a shot.

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I ran in the Mom’s race at Ava’s school today. Why? Because I wanted to. Because I wanted to show her that winning wasn’t everything (I knew I wouldn’t win). Because I wanted her to know that it’s an admirable quality to try even when you know you won’t win, just showing up counts. Because I wanted her to be proud and you should have seen the look on her face when she saw me volunteer to run. When I asked her afterwards if she thought I ran well, you know what she said? NO! But that’s not the point, I showed up, I made an effort, I got off the side line. Because I want her to know that life is short, so we should grab every opportunity to laugh at ourselves and have fun while doing it.

Do you jump in the pool fully clothed to give your kids a laugh? Do you run in the parents race? Or are you sitting on the side lines? Worried about what others will think? Worried about if you don’t win? Because you know you can’t win if you’re not participating, you have no chance of winning or even laughing when you’re just sitting on the side lines.

So lift your asses and get out there!

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47 Comments

  • Reply Raising Young Believers

    Love this!
    My favourite part:

    “Because I wanted to show her that winning wasn’t everything (I knew I wouldn’t win). Because I wanted her to know that it’s an admirable quality to try even when you know you won’t win, just showing up counts.”

    Such an important quality to teach our kiddies!

    November 18, 2015 at 8:58 am
  • Reply catjuggles

    Oh I LOVE this Sharon! If we do not show our children what fun and sportsmanship is all about how will they know!The hubby and I played our hearts out at the kids hockey matches against the parents this year at the end of the year matches against the parents. I was exhausted (its was 3 matches after all and the grade 4 girls won us solidly and had us running like mad)

    November 18, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Sula

    Now that’s active parenting 🙂 You are a wonderful example

    November 18, 2015 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Jodie

    You go girl! So awesome 🙂 Ran through the sprinkler with my baby boy fully clothed a few weekends ago so that we could both have fun with his bigger brother who was playing with his friends running through the sprinkler in his cozzie. Bigger brother absolutely loved it! At first, he was shocked to see me running in my dress but I think he enjoyed it even more because it was so spontaneous!!!

    November 18, 2015 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Rene

    I thought we are doing these things to embarrass our children 🙂

    I must say my Dad use to take part in everything, while my Mom didn’t, and I can remember hiding away with my Mom asking her to please make him stop. And now I’m doing exactly what my Dad did, taking part in everything. I’m constantly telling them you might be scared or embarrassed to do something, but that will be over quickly, but regretting that you didn’t do something lasts a lifetime.

    November 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Yes! I think silliness is very nesesary!

    November 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply roadshedding

    I always run in the moms race even though last time i came second last and only because one other mom fell and no, i did not trip her. What a laugh we all had. Note to self, wear a bra next time.

    November 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Trisha

    I am struggling to be brave enough to show up fully. I admire your courage.

    November 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    I’m right there with you, my friend!! I do all the crazy stuff too! And our kids LOVE it and appreciate it in leaps and bounds!!
    P.S. We are hiring one of those slippy slides for our NY party at home, so if you don’t win a trip to NY, feel free to pull in!!!

    October 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply High Heels And Fairy Tales

    Oh my gosh Sharon, I can’t tell you how much I love this post! 🙂 I’m going to keep it in mind at the next mommy daughter ballet class (they have one every year), and just enjoy myself with my girl, instead of worrying what the teachers or other moms are thinking!

    June 13, 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Sharon

      YAY! And exactly. My kids have learned a few lessons from me….. don’t take yourself to seriously and even if you are rubbish at something, at least you show up and try!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

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