If your kids like to watch sport or news, they may be starting to ask quite a lot of questions about "drugs" in sport. Especially after the Lance Armstrong debacle. Perhaps your kids are asking what are "Steroids"? Mum?
It's almost a given these days - if an athlete looks fit and is doing well - the unspoken question is... I wonder.... are they fit and healthy from hard work? Or perhaps they have taken a less unorthodox route? Its a shame as I do believe there are many high profile athletes that are still great role models for our kids.
We need to be telling our children that drugs are bad and that its cheating- it doesn't matter what type of drugs - they are just not good for you. Sure these drugs might give an athlete an unfair competition advantage in the short term , but long term these guys will encounter serious health issues. Kids know cheating is wrong and that is all taking drugs is. Its cheating to win.
Next time your precious aspiring athlete or Olympian asks what they can do to excel in their chosen kids activity? The answer is simple, to be fitter, faster, stronger and better you need too:
- Eat healthy
- Train really hard
- Get lots of sleep
- Listen to your body - if it hurts take it easy for a few days
- Set realistic goals
- Listen to your coaches and parents
- Remember there are no short cuts - only hard work
Remember - Have Fun kids!
Bec is a married stay at home mum who spends most of her time sorting out the chaotic lives of her two daughters, Jessica (7) and Tessa (3). When she’s not carefully coordinating her kids’ outfits, or addressing their notoriously complicated culinary requirements, she likes to share in the busy lives of other parents. After devouring mummy blogs for years, Bec decided to start blogging from her Cape Town home last year. She hopes her experiences will inspire other parents and help them feel less alone when things get tough.