The Role (Model) of a Mother

Let’s face it. Our kids see the choices we make both in word and deed, so even in our weakest moments, we do our best to be a positive example. I am often reminded of phrases I should avoid or actions I should modify when I see my daughter copying them…and realize I wasn’t being the best example. It’s hard to make the right choice every time, but the good news is that our children don’t become one way or another from the occasional mistakes we make, but are influenced for good when we strive to be a positive role model. I always smile when I see my daughter breastfeeding her dolls or comforting her brother when he is crying. Those moments are those times I know I am doing something right. 

I find it motivating to me that although I come short in many ways, my mother made little mistakes like I do, yet was still able to be a fabulous mother and role model. And those are the things that I remember the most and that have shaped me as a mother: the lullaby’s, stories, games and warmth. So despite my imperfections, I know that I can still love and guide my children in a positive direction and that I can be that same positive role model to my daughter. According to the new Got Milk? Milk Mustache Campaign, “research suggests that mothers have a unique opportunity  – and a powerful responsibility – to influence the next generation of women”. So we have the opportunity to do so much good and to pass on the lessons we have learned from our own mothers, how cool is that? 

Although my mother strives to be more active today and as a Weight Watchers veteran was really encouraging when I started the program, I don’t remember her “working out” when I was growing up. This is an additional way I want to be a positive role model for my children as I strive to be physically stronger, healthier and make good food choices. It is definitely a struggle from time to time, because chocolate is so heavenly and on stressful days “one more cookie” turns into five. But at the end of the day I am trying and exposing my daughter to a healthy lifestyle and as long as I keep trying to be a good example, those are the things she will remember (including a cookie binge every once in a while won’t kill anyone). 

I also learned from the Milk Mustache Campaign that “leading experts in nutrition, health and role modeling behaviors discuss the significant impact a mother’s lifestyle and eating habits have on her daughter’s health, weight and self-image”. So this is great motivation for me to keep up (and step up) what I am doing, because even when I don’t feel motivated to be active or make healthy choices for me from time to time, I can remember that I will help make these choices easier for my daughter by being a positive role model. 

What are your struggles and triumphs in being a role model? You can visit the Got Milk? Milk Mustache Campaign on Facebook for additional information, links to articles and be sure to try out the application to create an ePostcard for your mother or other influential figures. Check out our photo on the eight– this is perfect if you’ve always wanted to see what you would look like on a Got Milk? ad 😉  

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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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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