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How to have the Energy of a Five Year Old

As a stay at home dad, nearly every place I go I'm taking my kids. Like crab baskets towing behind the boats in Deadliest Catch, I'm moving through grocery store aisles, library atriums, and doctor's office parking lots. Because these children are three and five, they are not able to physically walk anywhere. They must skip, hop, jump, dance, or pretend they are flying. They are basically sprites. During these dance/hop/arm-waving productions, a stranger will always say something about how energetic they are. "Boy, I wish I had that kind of energy." is the most frequent refrain. I feel the same way some days, but not all the time, not as often as I get the comment from people. How do my kids have this energy then? Is it the CliffBars in our pantry? What does it take to have that kind of energy? This is what I've uncovered.

A) 10 Hours Sleep

On a regular basis my kids get 10 hours of sleep every night. Some nights they get more than this, other nights they get less. They wind down at night with a few books, then we take them to bed. There they lay until they fall asleep and rejoin their fellow imaginary fairies.

B) A diet of fruit, oatmeal, peanut butter sandwiches, and Halloween candy

That's pretty much what my daughter eat day in and day out. Yesterday alone, between the two of them, they ate 3 bananas, 2 apples, 1/4c pomegranate seeds, 1/4c raisins, 5 strawberries, 1/2c blueberries. They also had nuts beyond the peanut butter. Even if we let them binge on Halloween candy they would stop themselves before they got sick.

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