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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 31 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Family: I’m a "Taxi Mom"

When our kids were little, we often heard, “Just wait til he becomes a teen-ager!”. I don’t think that’s a nice thing to say. All ages have their challenges, as well as their own unique treasures.

I find that teen-agers are hilarious. Their wit is so quick. They love to laugh. They are almost adults in so many ways. And yet, they’re still little kids.

I feel it’s important to stay as connected as I can. But that can’t always be an easy task, when it’s only natural for them to start to pull away. So…

Whenever possible, I volunteer to drive my son and his friends for their little outings. I started doing this when they were old enough to venture out around town alone. We live in a small town, so our kids started making little day trips at about 11 years old, to the movies, the bowling alley, or where-ever the group wanted to go. They get their license at sixteen. So I have about seven years as “Taxi Mom” with each child. Mine are seven years apart. So my Taxi Mom years will be a total of fourteen years!

Being the “Taxi Mom” is how I find out what is going on. My ears are open to their conversations. I learn a lot about who they all are. Most of it is just silly fun stuff, but If  I hear something disturbing or questionable from my son, or one of my son’s friends, I wait until we are alone. And I will casually ask, “What did you think about what Sam said yesterday in the car?” I may then follow up with, “How does that make you feel?” Or “Do you think that’s appropriate?” My goal is to listen, and hopefully help him to draw his own conclusions. By now, I have already instilled our family values at a younger age. So hopefully, this is the direction he will go.

Being a Taxi Mom can be tiring and time consuming. But it’s an investment in my son’s future. After I went through it with my oldest son, I realized that they grow up fast, and those days are passing quickly. So now I see it as a great opportunity to “hang out” with them. I try not to become one of them, as that’s not what they want, nor would that be appropriate. I am the “Mom” and that’s what I should be. Ever so often, I may make a nice comment, or tease with them a little. But for the most part, I’m just a fly on the wall. They seem to like it that way. And I’ve got my antennas out! Being the Taxi Mom is really actually a blessing.


 

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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3

Let’s talk about the cure for #1… You’re bored! Maybe you dread going to the gym. It’s not interesting. It’s just a room full of people and machines and loud music. Now you know how I feel about the gym! Yet I subjected myself to it sporadically (reason #3), for years. Some people love the gym. We’re all different. And we all have different needs. I need to be outdoors. I love being outdoors. So when I have a choice, I exercise outdoors. That option changes with weather and my business travels. So I still end up in the gym sometimes. But even that brings “variety”. But the advantage now is that I have developed a love for exercise, so I can make it through those less desirable work-out scenarios.

What do you enjoy doing?

Walking… Running… Biking… Dancing?

The most popular choice for those of us who need to get started in a good cardio-vascular exercise program is walking. Walking is a very healthful and enjoyable form of exercise. I walk in the hills in my neighborhood. For variety’s sake, I take different routes. Sometimes, I drive my car to a park, or another neighborhood. I will not let myself get bored. I open my ears to the birds. I look up at the trees, and listen for the wind to blow in the trees. I watch for different kinds of birds, squirrels, rabbits, even raccoons, and possums. I usually only see possums and raccoons early in the morning, or at dawn or dusk. If my schedule is pressed and I have to start real early in the morning, or walk in the evening, I may see different critters! Again, I’m getting variety!

My husband and I often walk together. If we can walk in the evening, we may see raccoons, possums, or even an occasional deer. We also enjoy listening to the coyote calls. Ever so often, we see them.

The bottom line is that I don’t let myself get bored. I have chosen varied locations with lots of different things to see and hear.

I encourage you. Go ahead and start walking today. There’s more. Stay with me…

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 4” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 30 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3

Let’s talk about the cure for #1… You’re bored! Maybe you dread going to the gym. It’s not interesting. It’s just a room full of people and machines and loud music. Now you know how I feel about the gym! Yet I subjected myself to it sporadically (reason #3), for years. Some people love the gym. We’re all different. And we all have different needs. I need to be outdoors. I love being outdoors. So when I have a choice, I exercise outdoors. That option changes with weather and my business travels. So I still end up in the gym sometimes. But even that brings “variety”. But the advantage now is that I have developed a love for exercise, so I can make it through those less desirable work-out scenarios.

What do you enjoy doing?

Walking… Running… Biking… Dancing?

The most popular choice for those of us who need to get started in a good cardio-vascular exercise program is walking. Walking is a very healthful and enjoyable form of exercise. I walk in the hills in my neighborhood. For variety’s sake, I take different routes. Sometimes, I drive my car to a park, or another neighborhood. I will not let myself get bored. I open my ears to the birds. I look up at the trees, and listen for the wind to blow in the trees. I watch for different kinds of birds, squirrels, rabbits, even raccoons, and possums. I usually only see possums and raccoons early in the morning, or at dawn or dusk. If my schedule is pressed and I have to start real early in the morning, or walk in the evening, I may see different critters! Again, I’m getting variety!

My husband and I often walk together. If we can walk in the evening, we may see raccoons, possums, or even an occasional deer. We also enjoy listening to the coyote calls. Ever so often, we see them.

The bottom line is that I don’t let myself get bored. I have chosen varied locations with lots of different things to see and hear.

I encourage you. Go ahead and start walking today. There’s more. Stay with me…

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 4” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 2

How do you relate to these?

Top 5 reasons for exercise break-down:

1. Boredom – We had an exercise program. We did basically the same things every day.  Or we did different things, but we did these different routines in the same location each time. Monotony!

2. Over-doing it – Women, in particular, tend to over-do. We want to do the best we can. We over-commit. We over-do. We burn out. Then we quit.

3. In-consistency  – This is what happens as a result of reasons number one and two. Non consistency makes exercise even more difficult. We set goals that are too high. We push ourselves so hard, that we end up hating the process and eventually, we quit. Then we feel guilty, punish ourselves by repeating the same process. We’re off and on, because we are not enjoying the process of exercise. Vicious cycle…

4. No example to follow – We come from a family that didn’t exercise. Our mother didn’t exercise. Maybe we come from a long line of obesity. We figure it’s genetic. We’ve never considered that maybe we can break the cycle.

5. We don’t have time – That’s just a by-product of the previous 4 reasons. Trust me on this one. I’ll explain more later.

Stick with me. There is hope for these top 5 reasons. I promise!

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 1

This talk is for you, only if you have trouble commiting to exercise, or if you have never exercised as part of your lifestyle.

I don’t need to tell you that regular exercise is believed to prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, many forms of cancer, and countless other illnesses. I don’t need to tell you that exercise promotes a positive and energetic lifestyle. And a quality of life that is un-surpassed by a sedentary life. We all know that. Yet, if you find it difficult to commit to a regular exercise program, read on…

So why do we have trouble with exercise as a part of our lifestyle? There are 5 main reasons for this break down. You may identify with only part of one reason, or you may relate to most or all of them. Let’s figure out the cause, and then we’ll go for the cure!

Stay with me…

See the link for “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 2” below.

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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 19 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 2

How do you relate to these?

Top 5 reasons for exercise break-down:

1. Boredom – We had an exercise program. We did basically the same things every day.  Or we did different things, but we did these different routines in the same location each time. Monotony!

2. Over-doing it – Women, in particular, tend to over-do. We want to do the best we can. We over-commit. We over-do. We burn out. Then we quit.

3. In-consistency  – This is what happens as a result of reasons number one and two. Non consistency makes exercise even more difficult. We set goals that are too high. We push ourselves so hard, that we end up hating the process and eventually, we quit. Then we feel guilty, punish ourselves by repeating the same process. We’re off and on, because we are not enjoying the process of exercise. Vicious cycle…

4. No example to follow – We come from a family that didn’t exercise. Our mother didn’t exercise. Maybe we come from a long line of obesity. We figure it’s genetic. We’ve never considered that maybe we can break the cycle.

5. We don’t have time – That’s just a by-product of the previous 4 reasons. Trust me on this one. I’ll explain more later.

Stick with me. There is hope for these top 5 reasons. I promise!

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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