got milk? and the Importance of Role Models

Got Milk?As a mom, it’s my job to be the right kind of role model to my children. I want them to look up to me, respect me, and maybe even want to be like me when they grow up. That why I have to stop and think about everything I do. If I take on too much, it affects my children, and makes it seem like I don’t have time for them. If I eat a few cookies before dinner, they see that and that’s all it takes to instill a few unhealthy eating habits in their lives. If I grab a big, cold glass of milk to enjoy with my dinner, and leave the soda in the fridge, they see that too, and it can help them make the right choices in their own lives.

My mom had a completely different view of parenting and motherhood than I did. My mom is a career woman, amazingly successful in everything she does. But she was always traveling, always gone, and I really struggled with that as a kid – especially as a teenager. She showed me exactly what I didn’t want to do. I wanted to have a houseful of kids, stay home with them, and show them that I would always be there for them whenever they needed me. I love my mom, but this is one area that we will never see eye to eye on. And that’s ok. She made her choices, and those choices helped shape me into the role model that I am today for my children.

So, am I perfect? Of course not. I fail daily. I take on too much, I get bogged down with community work, church work, and chores, and I let my kids down. But I am striving to be a better mom. I’m striving to be the role model they need in all aspects of life – parenting, eating, lifestyle, spiritually…

The got milk? Milk Mustache Campaign wants to help gear up Moms with resources, tools, and information all on teaching kids those important life lessons. On their Facebook page, they recently launched a new, interactive section chock full of information on the importance of role models in a child’s life. On the page, you’ll find a touching video about moms, a fun eCard app that allows you to send a customized e-card to someone you love. You’ll also find recipes that include – you guessed it! – milk, and lots of easy ways to get more dairy in your family’s diet.

Please take a few minutes and check out the Milk Mustache Campaign on Facebook. Be sure to “like” the page while you’re there!

Then tell me, In what ways are you striving to be a good role model for your kids?

Disclaimer: 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.