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Stella Knows How To Do It Right (Lessons from a 2 year-old)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Every day I am amazed at what my granddaughter Stella knows that I have managed to, across the years, forget or at least misplace. At the end of the day--today at least--it all seems so very simple. Stella knows these things; she didn't need to be told; my struggle daily is to remember them.

Lesson #1: The stomach can't tell time.
Stella already seems to know that we are supposed to eat to live NOT live to eat. She can't tell time yet, so the clock does not influence her decision to eat/not eat. Remove my clock? How will I know when to eat?

Lesson #2: The body in motion is a good thing.
She never stops moving. (Nap time is the exception.) She doesn't do exercise tapes ( I have involved her in a couple of mine) , and she doesn't check to see how many calories she's burning. Her actions are not motivated by anything but her desire to be moving. Somewhere along the line I forgot that moving was fun.

Lesson # 3: If you're not hungry, there's no reason to eat.
Stella doesn't worry how I'll feel about her if she doesn't eat. When it's about mealtime (there goes that clock again), I simply ask her, "Are you hungry?" Her answer is a simple "yes" or "no". If she's not hungry, she WILL NOT eat. Too often, I don't need a reason to eat.

Lesson #4: The plate doesn't come with cleaning instructions.
My girl has never heard about starving people being helped by her clean plate--and, from my mouth, she never will. When she's done, she's done. It really doesn't matter what's left on the plate or how much she enjoyed it; when she's done, she's done.

Thank you, my dear Stella. You have much to teach your Mamaw with the squishy arms. I love you much.
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    P.S. Your little Stella is adorable!
    3229 days ago
    Yes, emoticon , young Stella, for the reminder of the things left back in the mist of time.

    God bless!
    3229 days ago
    Thanks to Stella. We could all remember these lessons. I saw an SP motivational pic that says "We call it exercise, kids just call it play." emoticon
    3236 days ago
    These are wonderful lessons. :)
    3236 days ago
    Thank you for sharing that. You have a beautiful granddaughter. The thing I enjoyed most about when my children were small was seeing the world through their eyes. Everything brand new and exciting. Fun! My children taught me so much about life and myself. They are all adults now but not quite ready to be parents so I will have to wait to be a grandma. But I am so ready. LOL Take care and be well.
    3242 days ago
    What a neat blog. Love your ideas and comparing them to how Stella feels about food, hunger, moving and keeping busy. It is amazing how little ones end up teaching us. I find the same thing with my little granddaughter that is now 4 (Niamh). Kathy,
    Keep up the good work you are doing on your journey. CONGRATS on all your losing and exercise too. Hugs, Ei emoticon emoticon
    3242 days ago
    thank you stella for the excelent suggestions love these thank you emoticon
    3259 days ago
    Excellent lessons here! Ahh..the wisdom of youth!
    3260 days ago
    I love this!!!! How brilliant to learn from your precious grandchild and her simple yet wonderfully inspiring outlook on eating and why she eats! Love it! Soooo true... we often in this country let the clock determine our eating pattern instead of our actual hunger. I am challenged today to really pay attention to my body and actual hunger cues... Blessings! OH... congrats on your 2 pound weight loss. (got that bit of info from my friend feed) Smiles - Kelly :)
    3260 days ago
    We may teach our kids but we learn so much more from them.
    3260 days ago
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