That mum is Judy Murray. And I'm pretty sure she knows what she's talking about - she's raised one Wimbledon tennis champion (Jamie) and one Olympic gold medallist and US Open champion (Andy) after all. Judy is passionate about getting children involved in fun, physical activity, to improve fitness and develop hand-eye co-ordination. She's developed an initiative called Set4Sport to do just this.
I've written about this before, back in July just as this country was getting set for a sporting summer. Back then I had seen Judy talking about Set4Sport at the BritMums Live blogging conference and afterwards had been able (via email) to ask Judy some specific questions about the initiative.
Yesterday, I was given the chance to meet Judy in person at an exclusive event at London Zoo designed to introduce Set4Sport to a group of parent bloggers and get our children trying out the simple but fun games that have been designed by Judy herself. It sounded like a lot of fun so yesterday morning, at the crack of dawn (or thereabouts), I hauled Sophia and Dexter from their beds and set off on an exciting adventure to London Zoo.
When we got there, the room where the event was being held was divided into sections, each with its own toys and equipment to demonstrate different Set4Sport games. Sophia and Dexter didn't wait for an invitation, they dived straight in.
If I'm honest though, we didn't have the best morning but this wasn't because of Set4Sport in any way, but because the children were tired and cranky. Sophia had spent the past week recovering from an ear infection; it came after a stay at the Alton Towers waterpark and a trip the day before to Legoland Windsor; both children were tired. Needless to say, they both became fairly grumpy and irritable. They sat out the last few activities, desperate for lunchtime to arrive. But, at least it gave Dexter a chance to scrutinise the Set4Sport book, which is filled with games that families can play together.
Judy also said that Set4Sport is a great way to get parents spending some good, fun quality time with their children. That's a win-win situation I'd say. I left London Zoo that day with a promise in my head to make time to use the Set4Sport book to play some fun games with Sophia and Dexter. These games use everyday household items and toys and can be set up extremely quickly and easily. As a video blogger, all I can say is watch out for an inevitable video showcasing our efforts!
If you'd like to find out more about Set4Sport, you can visit the website, or download the app from either the App store (for iPhones, iPads etc.) or Google Play (for android smartphones). Set4Sport's also on Facebook where they have a fantastic 'Wall of Play' where you can share any photographs or videos that you take of you and your children playing Set4Sport games. And of course, you can follow them on twitter - @Set4Sport.