In March, I had the opportunity to visit the White House with 150 other influential parent bloggers, to hear more about Let's Move- an initiative launched in 2010 dedicated to helping kids and families lead healthier lives. It was an eye-opening and exhilarating experience.
First of all, being in the White House was awesome, but more importantly listening to other moms, moms who lead our nation and drive important changes for health and wellness in our country, was inspiring. Moms are a very powerful force in this country and we must begin to utilize our influence in ways that push our country in a positive, healthy, and safe direction for everyone.
Take a second and listen to the First Lady speak about why she started Let's Move.
Also, I'm in the front row taking a photo in the thumbnail photo! Yay!!!
Upon hearing the First Lady speak about why Let's Move means so much to her, I thought about the Power of Mom. In our home, dad's voice carries a bit of weight, but ultimately my daughters look to me for almost all of the answers, requests, feedback, and support. As exhausting as this can be sometimes, it's actually an honor to wield so much influence over the direction of our home and my children's wellbeing. I buy the groceries or make the list; I pack the lunches; I put the matrix of our schedule together; I allocate our resources where they need to go... If my family is going to be healthy, it starts with me.
Over achiever moms try really hard to provide the absolute best we can afford (and sometimes can't afford) for our kids. But sometimes, we must take a moment to step back from providing all those "experiences", while completing the daily schedule without failure. If we don't, we can lose site of some really important affairs. As the kids' schedules become busier and more demanding, there are often places where corners are cut or convenience is inserted. It's in these moments where tough choices have to be made. One thing I've promised myself is there will be no shortcuts on health and food. In our home it's raw vegetables and fruits over fruit snacks and gummies; homemade popcorn over chips; oatmeal over box cereal. My kids complain, but a continued dialogue of why we eat this way, helps to satiate their desire for junk. It was refreshing to hear this reiterated by the First Lady.
Here are a few tips to assist you as you wield the Power of Mom in your home:
Moms are magical. It's an exhaustive and thankless experience sometimes, but ultimately, we are what keeps the world, and our little worlds, going. Using our dollars wisely to support the goals we have for our children, means sometimes making unpopular choices. I've decided that I'm ok with being the bad guy in the short term to be the good guy in the long run.
Read more about the event at the Department of Health and Human Services site.
Read "Parents Have the Power" on the Let's Move blog.
Want to read more on healthy eating???
Sure you do! Take a look at our blog post on the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog:
"Breakfast is Always a Fun & Easy Meal to Get Kids Involved!"
"Introducing New Foods & Raising Adventurous Eaters"
I'm a former teacher and former college athlete, currently working to make life more equitable for all people. My mission is to get parents to partner with their child's teacher.