Fight or flight: that's the question!

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Falling sippy cups, muddy feet on recently cleaned floors, fist fights, spionage. These are just a few of the stressors in the life of a mom.

It's no wonder the average mom is high on adrenaline. She's always on full alert: ready for fight or flight.


Fighting is not politically correct. So that leaves flight


Fighting with your children is not the parenting thing to do, so that leaves flight. Which brings me to running.

Running is the perfect way to get rid off all that superfluous adrenaline. It's an instinctive response.

Just take your kids along for the run


'Yes, but what about the children?' you may ask. You can't just leave them on their own, can you? Not to worry: put them on their bikes and let them ride along. My son Ot proclaimed himself as my personal trainer at age 6.

As he's training me, he's also training his pokemons. He foresees a big future ahead of me, and thinks soon I may be ready for my transformation into Pikachu.

Baby's can be strapped into strollers. And if that's not an option, there's always the treadmill.

Flight, it worked for the cave women, and it works for the modern mom.

How do you cope with stress?

20 comments

Kathleen said...

Definatley exercise is a huge stress reliever, it clears your mind and changes everything. Thankfully I don't have to worry about the kids, so it is no big deal to go and take in the scenery.

Kathleen
Bloggers Pit Stop

Jaki said...

I ran loads last year for the first time. I trained for the Race For Life which we did for our Mum. It was a great achievement as I'm far from a natural born runner! Sadly I didn't keep it up and I could kick myself now. It just feels like it would be quite hard work to get started again from scratch, even though I know I should. #justanotherlinky

Michele Morin said...

I'm a walker and not a runner, but I used to love to take my littles on their bikes when I walked!

Nicole Orriëns said...

That sounds lovely Kathleen! It's great to just be able to step outside and enjoy the scenery.

Nicole Orriëns said...

Maybe you shouldn't think of it as 'starting from scratch,' but as a way to get some time for you!

Nicole Orriëns said...

That's a great way to get out and about with your kids.

Unknown said...

HAhahaha whata creative way to get in some exercise with kids! Mine are still young and I can't see myself running with a double stroller that thing is HEAVY!

Thank you for sharing at #bloggerspotlight! Don't forget to come link up tomorrow night and see how was featured!

Chloe Crabtree said...

This is a great post to share with my daughter who has two toddlers. I know some days she is totally overwhelmed! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

Life-As-Mum said...

Great post! I can't see myself running with a pram haha! I can't run to begin with lol. I'd rather a treadmill in the house for definate
Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky

Unknown said...

We walk a lot but if I am stressed then my boys are put on their bikes. I did used to run with a pram but I didn't like it. #thatfridaybloghop

Nicole Orriëns said...

If it's heavy, it only means you're getting even a better work out : )
which means you can have a nice snack afterwards.

Nicole Orriëns said...

Life can be hard with two todllers. Running can be a life saver!

Nicole Orriëns said...

The beauty of a treadmill is you can watch tv while working on your body : )

Nicole Orriëns said...

Kids can be scary on a bike. I totally agree. That's why I always walked mine to school.

Deborah Brooks said...

exercise is a great stress reliever indeed! We have to chase them all the time so why not let them run after you too. Thanks for linking up w our coffee date today hope you will check out some of the other blogs too

Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy said...

I don't have kids, but I do have a dog (used to be multiple cats & dogs, but now just one dog) and an elderly mom. Oh wait, does the big kid (aka my husband?) count? LOL.

You moms that run are definitely inspirational!

Nicole Orriëns said...

I have Deborah! I read some real nice ones too.

Nicole Orriëns said...

Yes, it really helps me Judy!

Stephanie 139a said...

Definitely yay to being outside - at whatever pace. thanks for joining us at #PoCoLo

The Lazy Gastronome said...

What a great commentary! I love how you incorporate the family into an activity that benefits everyone. Great post. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party. Have a fabulous weekend. See you again after the 15th!