Women inspiring women! To celebrate Mother's Day this year, Tracy Anderson wrote a heartfelt newsletter titled "Mothers Know Best," expressing what a vital role parents and mentors are to their children.
"The standards we set for ourselves is the way we teach standards to our kids," the 39-year-old wrote. "Being a parent or mentor is the most vital role we play in life. Respecting the gift and fragility of life is to learn how to clean up your act and value it."
She continued: "While it is important to embrace our individuality and be authentic to what drives our unique internal rhythms, we stand to gain so much from learning how to overcome the things that challenge us and to always continue to learn how to better serve ourselves and our families. Preaching is grandstanding."
The fitness expert, who is mom to 2-year-old daughter Penelope, also touched on how important it is to keep this in mind while going through life's challenges. "We live in a multi-tasking world. We live in a world where many mothers have careers, when being a mother is a huge career in itself. As parents we desire the best for our children," she added. "This means that we have to live this consistently for ourselves. Making sure that we show up for ourselves and set limits and standards will help our budding children grow to be solid, healthy, and bright."
Anderson didn't just give her own advice, however. On her blog, the exercise guru also included mothers she admires in her own life, including singer Alanis Morissette and actress Jenna Elfman. In their own words, the stars gave a special piece of advice for how they keep their own children "healthy."
"I think parenting is the ultimate activism on every level….and that what we model for them is the greater share of what they pick up on," Morissette wrote. (The "Jagged Pill" singer and husband Mario Treadway welcomed son Ever back in December 2010.) "My son is at a precious age where he wants to know what effect movement and nutrients have on his body…so we are like a village of researchers and scientists, googling, reading and investigating together how our bodies are affected by the care we show them."
Added Elfman: "I educate them. Kid's minds are primed and ready to learn—that’s what childhood is all about!" The mom of sons Story, 6, and Easton, 4, quipped: "So it's really fun to teach them, in a way they can understand and relate to and by using lots of examples. I teach them about their teeth, how cavities are formed, why it's important to brush, how to brush, and then give them stickers on their reward charts for brushing."