How many children do you have? Two children. My son is eight and my duaghter is five.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? My husband and I live by the phrase: “We were here first.” We make sure that our marriage is nurtured so that we can nurture the kids. So many parents today seem to forget that children enhance your life; they shouldn’t be your entire life.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How terrifying it can be sometimes! When we brought Joe home from the hospital, the enormity of taking care of a little human’s every need really settled in. It’s the most frustrating, scary, exhilarating, satisfying job you’ll ever do.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? We just serve it! The kids know that Mommy is not a short order cook and that in our house, you get what you get and you don’t get upset. Fortunately, both children love fruits and veggies so we rarely have battles. And, everything in moderation: an ice cream cone once in a while on a hot summer day is never denied in our house!
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? By example. The kids see my husband and I actively working in the yard and fitting our exercise routines into our daily schedule. We also make the park readily available and encourage outside play as much as possible. TV and Wii time are limited to about an hour on the weekends.
How do you recharge your batteries? Sunday mornings are sacred in our house. We often spend them around the breakfast table with music and the newspaper followed by Mass. Both my husband and I keep our schedules open for family time on Sunday mornings: no lawn mowing, long runs or errands. My husband and I also recharge at night after the kids go to bed by turning off all electronics: no TV, computers, or cell phones. Just us and a glass of wine and conversation!