Teigen and John Legend are my current parenting heroes. It’s not just because Chrissy somehow seems
to be rocking teeny-tiny denim shorts everywhere she goes just months after
giving birth to baby Luna. No, Chrissy
and John are my parenting heroes because they are going to learn to swim. And
it’s all because of their daughter.
the model nor her crooner husband ever learned to swim. Tiegen admits that neither she nor Legend
have a fear of the water, “We just didn’t have water in our face when we were growing up.” And so
neither ever learned to swim. But now
that the two are parents, Tiegen admits her inability to swim could hold her
daughter back. She wants to experience
teaching her daughter to swim and to be able to swim with her and admits that
she’s currently helpless in the water.
So Chrissy and her husband are going to change that by getting in the
water and learning for themselves.
It seems so simple, but Tiegen’s comments are a great parenting message
to which I can totally relate. This
summer, both my kids started taking tennis lessons. My husband plays with them on the weekends,
but I’m left out because I can’t play. As I watched my family head off to the tennis court one day, I started
Googling local tennis lessons for adults. Though I’m not particularly
interested in playing, I am interested in being able to be a part of whatever
my kids are into.
Whether it’s swimming, tennis, skiing or biking, our kids are all going
to show interest in things we never learned to do and thinks we actually don't want to do. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to
be left in the dust. Here’s what I’m going to get good at just so I can keep up
with my crew.
It’s safe to assume that my 5-year-old and I
will be in the same ski skill-level class and she’ll probably be zipping down
black diamond hills long before me, but I’m determined to learn to family ski
trips are in our future.
While I can swim, I’m not
a terribly strong swimmer. My son has recently gotten into surfing and boogie
boarding and he needs a strong ocean swimmer by his side. I guess that’s going
to be me, after I spend the summer working on treading water and swimming.
not afraid to admit I’m terrified of roller-coasters and most amusement park
rides. But as my kids get older, I know they’re going to want to go to Magic
Mountain and other theme parks. While I’ll beg my husband to be the ride
parent, I’m determined to get over my fear of being propelled upside down so
that I can ride with my kids.
I can ride, but I’m not exactly great at
it. My kids love hopping on their bikes
and riding to get an ice cream a few streets away. Since I don’t have a bike, I’m left chasing after
them instead of joining in the fun. So I
suppose I’ll be getting a bike and reminding myself how to ride.
Bridges and tall building
make my stomach churn, but I don’t want to say “meet you at the bottom” if my
kids want to see the Empire State Building or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
6. Scary Stuff
You know those moms who
love horror movies and Halloween? I’m not one of them! But my 8-year-old loves
scary stuff, so I’m trying to take a deep breath through his fascination so I can join
in the fun.
I know at some point in my time as a parent my kid are going to
ask me to bake them cupcakes or a birthday cake. Instead of saying, “I have no
idea how!” I’m going to break out the old cookbooks (or Google search) and
figure it out.
8. Video Games
It feels like my son is
speaking another language when he talks "Minecraft" or "Boom Beach." But there’s no reason I can’t learn how to
play myself. Who says moms can’t be gamers, too?
Snapchat (and just about every other app my kid is obsessed
with) totally baffles me, but I’m determined to stay current and see what all the fuss
is about. Who knows? Maybe my kids and I will have a blast face-swapping!
I’m more of a hotel kind
of a gal, but I do recognize that camping could be super fun for kids. So I’m willing to break out the sleeping bags
and sleep under the stars so my kids can experience the joys of the great