Everyone’s getting back in the swing of things now that we’re heading into fall. The kids are back in school with all their after school activities, parents are driving carpools, everyone’s trying to get back into the rhythm. Well, the rhythm in my house has definitely changed since our new baby girl arrived in May. It used to be my wife, our oldest daughter Prianna, and me. Now we’re up to a squad of four, and I’m lovin’ it. I know people say the transition from one to two kids is the biggest change – and I think they were right. Twice the diapers, twice the baby formula, twice the tears!
It’s definitely been fun though, enjoying the shiftin’ family dynamic and seeing my two girls bond. Prianna loves the baby – she’s all curious and wanting to take care of her. That sisterly bond starts at such a young age and it’s just so amazing to watch. I feel lucky that even with a busy schedule, I’m able to spend some time off with my family.
As I mentioned in my last blog, one of our main goals with the girls is to teach them to live healthy lifestyles from the get-go – the same way I try to inspire kids through my Truth on Health Campaign. We make sure to buy healthy foods and make home-cooked, nutritious meals whenever possible, and of course show them how fun it is to be active. We try to get outside as much as possible, runnin’ around, playin’ games, enjoying the sunshine. This time of year is so beautiful – not too hot and not too cold, and none of that killer humidity. Great for golf, hoops, and even a late-season visit to the beach with the whole crew.
I’m excited for when my little girl is older and she can join in on some of the activities. I’m looking forward to seeing what her personality will be like and what she’s interested in, and how different or similar the two girls will be. That’s one of my favorite parts about being a dad. My older daughter loves being outside, swimming, riding her bike. And she loves healthy food … grilled salmon is her favorite! Just goes to show how much power we parents have, and how we should use it to guide our kids in the right direction.
Paul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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