Got milk? Are you a good role model?

Moms are one of the most influential factors in a child’s life.  Even when we don’t realize it they are paying attention to the things we do and how we do them.

Every day I do something that my kids want to do too, from working out to eating right and it really makes me pay attention to the little decisions I make knowing they are learning how to make right choices simply by seeing me make right choices.

While thinking about role modeling for my kids is the perfect time to take a look back at my own mother and the kind of role model she was for me.  First off, I’d like to say that she is and was always right.  No matter what it was, if she gave her opinion about something, 100% of the time I would come back and say “you were right” to her.  Whether I believed her or not.  And it continues to this day.  It bugged me to no end growing up, but now as a mom myself, it actually gives me confidence when offering opinions or making decisions regarding my own kids.  Because I know I learned from the best.

When it comes to role modeling, the biggest and most important issue for me with regards to how it impacts my kids is their health and their attitude towards physical fitness.  I hope that by watching me, they learn to eat right an make exercise an integral part of their lives – and enjoy it, for the sake of their health but also for their self-image and self-confidence as well.  And I also learned my healthy attitude and positive views towards health & fitness from my own mom.

One aspect of our healthy diets includes milk.  I try to encourage both my kids to have some milk each day – preferably skim milk.  It’s an easy way to make sure they get some calcium, vitamin D and protein in their diets for healthy bones and body.  They see me doing it, so of course they want a glass.

Plus, it’s fun.

For more information about milk and the got milk? Role Modeling campaign, check out their Facebook page.  “Like” the page, then you can watch a video about moms and role models,make your very own milk mustache photo, and send an e-postcard to a role model who shaped your life and habits.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the National Milk Mustache got milk? Campaign and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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