Friday, September 02, 2011
30/30 Challenge weekly recap
(this is me on Day 1 - hooping in my kitchen because hell has not yet left south Texas)
It's not too late to join the 30/30 Hoop Challenge. All you have to do is hoop for 30 minutes a day for the 30 days of September. You don't have to actually BE hooping. You can count the time you are picking it up off the ground!
I did this in June (even keeping it up while on a family vacation). I was amazed at how it took me to a whole new level of being flexible and more comfortable with my body and coordination. I took pictures each day, and looking back on those helped me to see my progress. When you improve little by little, you don't realize how far you've come!
Hooping is therapeutic. There is a "feel" to it that relaxes you. So, imagine how this can be of benefit to you, or your children, on really rough days. If you hoop together, you are receiving many benefits, including the fun, playful time spent with them. Kids love it when their parents step outside their comfort zone to join them in something fun.
Wait ... no. Kids live for when their parents step outside their comfort zone to join them in something fun.
Children with a history of trauma desperately need to play every single day. It is one of the ways they heal (write that one on your bathroom mirror and read it every morning). That is an area where I was painfully misguided when I first started therapeutic parenting. I took a stance of expecting them to EARN their play (AND I WAS WRONG!).
Now I know better, so I do better.
Yet, it's a natural tendency of every single parent to withhold playfulness when their kid is having a rough day. The 30/30 Challenge will force you to do something fun with them every single day. Sometimes we are strong enough to just do the right thing. Most of the time, however, we need something pushing us. I will be the first to raise my hand on that one. Christine ain't Super Woman with a heart and hormones of steel.
So, we just started up September's challenge yesterday. Feel free to join us. Who cares if you miss a couple of days, or a week gathering supplies and making your hoops? Do it anyway! Right now I know of at least 15 people who are joining me, via comments on FaceBook. Anyone else out there who is in?
If you are, be sure and "like" Pandora's Healing Hoops, as she is the reason I'm doing this. Heck, you can like her even if you're NOT participating and just follow along. Her page is a great place for people to comment and keep up with everyone else in the challenge. You can also post pics and videos of yourself hooping, which I highly recommend. Hoopers are the most loving and accepting group of people on the planet. They embrace and celebrate everyone, whether they can hoop fire, or if it's still falling every three seconds! It's all FABULOUS!
(early morning hoop in my living room, before the kids are awake)