Moms are busy people. Whether working outside the house or staying home, mothers always have a huge to-do list, a list which seems to grow longer every time she manages to check something off it. Our days are also full of the sorts of uh-oh moments that can be hard to plan around. Be it that trip to the emergency room, a puking child or a vat of kool-aid dumped on white carpet, even the best planned and organized of us can have time robbed right out from underneath us. Getting those moments of solitude in the hoop can sometimes feel like an impossible uphill battle. Here are a few tricks I have up my sleeve to ensure mama gets her hoop time.
1. Always Carry a Hoop: One of the first things I loved about the hoop was that it was so easy to get into, no matter the time or place. So I started carrying my hoop with me everywhere. I have been seen hooping at park days, hockey practice, the skate park, dad’s office and the list goes one. So much so that I created a reminder on my phone that pops up when I leave the house and it says “Always Carry a Hoop.” There are natural pauses and waiting moments that show up in my busy mom life and if my hoop is always with me, I am always ready to get my groove on. These stolen moments add up throughout the day and before I know it I have clocked some solid time in my hoop.
2. Get Hoops For Your Kids: My other trick has been to make sure I bought the boys hoops of their own. I mean who can resist joining in when the music is pumping and mama is spinning up buckets of fun. It is true I have shaken up a tense moment or two by cranking up the tunes and dancing in my hoop. Having hoops that only they use, that they have say about, has made my boys much more willing to hoop along side of me. These moments are magic for me on my hoop journey as well as on my journey of motherhood. Sharing a passion of my own with the people I love often more then myself is a recipe for a delicious life.
3. Wake Up Early: I know this one is hard, us moms are tired. We work from when we open our eyes until we close them, so giving up even a moment of rest seems impossible. And some mornings I am literally dragging myself kicking and screaming from the warmth of my bed and into the hoop. But even if it is only for about ten minutes before everybody else is up, it sets the tone for my day, a tone that says I am worthy of this and my heart is open and ready to shine on.
4: It’s All About Community: My fourth and final tip has been building a hoop community. I know, with those super duper busy schedules it can be an enormous challenge to find an hour or two that isn’t already pencilled in. However, knowing that Wednesday at 7pm is my time to go and hoop with my community is the thing that can lift me through a hooping slump. I can count on the fact that once a week on the family schedule there is “hoop time.” Even if that class is not running, I can be found in a park somewhere spinning it up. It has become as much a part of our family routine as evening tooth brushing, the thing mom needs to do once a week. I’ve been considering throwing another hour on the calendar somewhere simply because it has worked so well.
Though these are my solid go-to tips for hooping moms, there are a few other random bits that have helped build hooping into my life as a mom. Hoop first, dishes later. I haven’t done the research, but I am pretty sure no one has died from dishes unwashed for an hour or even 24 hours. And yes, I have extended the principle to include toilet scrubbing and vacuuming. I have also been known once or twice to take a little extra time while out picking up the groceries, because as you remember, I always have a hoop with me. Why not take a break between errands to hoop on the grass that begs to be played with?
Hooping is as much a part of my health and happiness routine as any other part of what we do as a family to promote and support our overall health. This has been at the heart of me asking for and receiving time and support from my family to hoop. They want me to be a happy healthy rock star just like I want them to excel in their passions. Saying these words out loud to my family is what made each of them agree to look at the calendar with me and find the moments that were free for me to slip in to my hoop and spin up some awesome.
(Photo: Amy Weetman is a hula hoop instructor in Webster, New York, USA, who loves to hoop with her three children, Kyle, Sydney and Kessa. Photo courtesy of the Webster Post.)
Hooping.org Columnist Shannon Loucks discovered the magic of the hoop in 2010 and has never looked back. She is also one of the main contributors to the pursuits of passion and play in the lives of her two unschooled boys. She lives in Santa Clara, California, USA.