I attended the CrossFit Games in 2018 with my nine-year old daughter, Stella Rae. When we returned, she was inspired like never before.
She was determined to do daily workouts AND get other kids to do them too.
She will tell you straight up – that one day she will be in the CrossFit Games. I am not one to doubt this little fireball.
SOoooo… I helped her create “WODs4Kids” – WOD means “workout of the day” in the CrossFit world.
Of course, I will monitor and help her (after all, she is nine and the internet is… well, the internet)… but make no mistake, she is the owner and creative genius of this new inspirational outlet and channel for young ones.
Each day she plans to creates her own workout, do it, and then post it for other kids to do.
I told her that this is completely up to her. I am not going to make her, regulate her or tell her what to do. I’m not going to write the workouts for her (though I will help if she asks).
So it’s an adventure for us both. For me, in learning to trust, let go and let her shine.
For her… well, its definitely just sheer adventure.
Dr. Shefali said that we are here to guide our children.
Not to own them or make them in our image. I have taken this to heart and since the interview with her, I am forever changed–and I parent differently.
I am sure I will hear some criticism that I am “exploiting” her, using her for marketing, or blah blah blah. Hello. I have my own website. I don’t need a kid to market anything. And I am so DONE with the negatives and trolls and drama–I don’t see it, hear it or care about it. It matters NOT to me one ounce, y’all. #YearOfNoNonsense
But make no mistakes–if you know Stella–you know exactly what this allllll is.
She is strong, powerful and she wants to help other kids be happy. She is happy! She is active! She wants everyone else to do the same!
And if she tells you she will be in the CrossFit Games? Mark your damn calendars, people. L. O. L.
As her mom, I will help her and guide her to fulfill what she believes to be her purpose–not what I believe… but what she believes. And right now, she believes that this is what she wants to do.
Therefore, I will guide and help her. Allow let her step into who and what she dreams. Just like I do with her brother (who could care less about Instagram… or exercise for that matter… but might as well watch out for an art channel. ;)).
You and the wee ones can follow her inspiration at @WODS4Kids on Instagram.
I’ll go ahead and tell you that any of negative comments, vibes or general bullshit will be deleted, because this is seriously about a kid who wants to do something pretty freaking cool.
And I will support that.
We’ll see where this journey goes! I tell you, it’s fun to watch.
Love to you all,