For reasons I don’t quite comprehend, the author of this book is very fond of airplane analogies. Thus, the framing concept in the book is helping children (and adults) SOAR, in an environment where they are
Supported–provided with intentional guidance, direction, and nurturing, As adults, we support our children each step of the way.
Optimistic–assured of a bright hope and a future ahead of them. We expect the very best from and for ourselves and our children
Active and Achieving–finding success in their endeavors and in active, energetic pursuits. I guess that means leading by example and getting off the darn computer.
Responsible–understanding and accepting our part in making healthy choices.
He talks about the importance of leading by example, and the futility of the “do what I say, not as I do” mentality. I felt really convicted by this, as I often try to force healthy choices on my children that I am not willing to accept for myself.
This stuck out as well: A healthy life isn’t punishment for being overweight or inactive. This was a real “A ha!” moment for me.
Next week: “Preflight” (I told you he was into airplane imagery). In this chapter, we take an inventory of where we stand as a family in regards to making healthy choices.