How Parenting is Like Doing a Plank


Have you ever tried doing a plank?  It’s a simple yet intense exercise that only last for a minute or so, but strengthens your entire core.  As I looked at this picture this morning, I couldn’t help but think about how parenting and planking (not the lying down game stunt) have so many similarities.

Parenting is Like Doing a Plank Because…

It doesn’t kill you, but it sure makes you stronger.

It’s just only for a moment – temporary discomfort that produces lasting results.

There’s no way around its intensity.

Sometimes you have to laugh through the pain.

We make it more complicated than it really is.

It’s a challenge no matter how many times you’ve done it.

Consistency, effort, and time are the only way to make it easier.

Others watching you often think they can do it better.

We can’t hold on to it forever.

What do you compare parenting to?

2 thoughts on "How Parenting is Like Doing a Plank"

  1. Crystal says:

    I compare parenting to — what else? — a marathon. Except you don’t have the option of quitting. 🙂

    And make sure your diastasis is healed before you try any planks! This I learned the hard way.

  2. lindley says:

    Ha! I, too, was going to say a marathon, but then I thought, don’t you have to train for a marathon? I wouldn’t know! haha! I have run a half, and trained like crazy, but not a full marathon! I’m not sure we had much training before becoming parents, but maybe parenting is like the training for the marathon? Sometimes, you have a good run, sometimes you want to quit, but in order to run the marathon you keep going–so you do–just like we don’t quit the parenting! And maybe the training ends when they are adults?! 🙂 I really do like the plank analogy! I’ll go with that!

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