Live Your Best Life

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Live your best lifeWhen my daughter was born, I was filled with so much angst and anxiety. I was suddenly hit with the responsibility of not only protecting this little baby’s life, but also protecting her heart. Not only was I responsible for her physical needs, but her emotional ones as well. I would have to ensure that she grew up to be a woman who is brave, hardworking and loving.

So I took a long hard look at my life and analyzed all the relationships in it (after all it takes a village to raise a baby, right?). You want the people who will influence how she perceives her world to be supportive and not toxic to her happiness. And you work to surround her with those people.

But that’s only part of raising her to be a strong woman some day. I also need to be a good role model. She’ll learn about relationships and work ethics and life by watching how I handle conflict, how I interact with others and how I live, and will hopefully emulate that when she grows up.

So I’m on a mission for health – physical AND emotional. We mostly eat from the outer edges of the grocery stores (but do have treats now and then) and take walks as a family. I make sure to tell my husband that I love him every day and continue to build a strong foundation for my family, since she will learn about relationships and love and anger and empathy and compassion and frustration from watching the people in her life.

And most importantly, I try to teach her that she is important. That she matters. That her voice and opinions are strong tools for her to make this a better world. That in order to be happy, she needs to work hard, have empathy for others and be strong, even in the face of adversity. To live her best life.

In honor of this very important lesson, Clorox is sponsoring O You!, the Oprah Magazine event, on October 20 in Los Angeles. O You! is an event dedicated to living your best life. This year, Oprah, Gayle King, Suze Orman, Martha Beck, and Peter Walsh will gather with readers of O Magazine to discuss inspirational life changes, such as taking control of your finances and making life choices.

And now you can enter to win tickets to the event by playing fun games and entering a sweepstakes at The Clorox Lounge. From now until September 20, every time you play one of the Games for Thrones in the Clorox Lounge, you’ll be entered to win one of 10 Kindle fires with an O, The Oprah Magazine subscription and the grand prize – round trip airfare to Los Angeles complete with two nights hotel accommodations, airport transfers and admission to O You!.

So head over to The Clorox Lounge and play for a chance to win!

I was compensated for writing this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and The Clorox Lounge blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.” 

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  1. I really like this blog entry. It’s such a profound thought that we have the power to impact our child’s life so much emotionally. I believe their emotional health is one of THE most important responsibilities we have as a parent and I strive for that everyday. Thanks for the entry. Oh, and I plan on entering the contest also. Sounds awesome!

  2. Great ideas and reminders for us all to do the little things that matter each day, because they have the greatest impact on those around us.

  3. I know I started evaluating my life after my son was born – takes a while to get everything working like you want but it is worth it for your child!

  4. I love this post. I completely did a 360 with my life after my son was born. I learned that there is so much more to life than materialistic things. I hope to show him how wonderful he is and how to live his life to the fullest every day. I make sure we sing and dance EVERY day. It’s our little “crazy” routine he loves to do.

  5. Both my hubby and I did a full about face when we found out our daughter was on the way. Children have a way of making you take a long look at your goals and actions. Thanks for sharing this and also for the sweepstakes. =)

  6. Thanks for telling us about this event! We are talking about having our first child next year and I’m already nervous reading the things other mothers talk about! I always felt like I had 100 kids as a teacher, but it’s much much differen!

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Don’t be nervous! It’s so worth it. And sounds like you have loads of practice as a teacher – you’re already playing a significant role in kids’ lives!

  7. You are doing it all right my friend, keep it up!

  8. This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a LONG time! Those are wonderful things to teach your daughter. I try to do the same with my 3 kids, and while it is sometimes difficult, it is so worth it!

  9. What a great post. Your daughter is lucky to have such a smart, caring mother.

  10. Great post. I love all the wonderful lessons you are teaching your daughter.

  11. great post very thought inspring

  12. Wonderful post! It’s strange how becoming a parent makes you reevaluate your priorities and the people in you life. You are teaching your daughter such wonderful life lessons!

  13. We don’t have any children yet, but I would like to think this is something good to share with our daughter as well. Very nicely written post, thanks for sharing the information, and keep up the great work!

  14. Awww, I really like all the lessons you are teaching your daughter. Sometimes I forget these things & need to slow down & teach them ti my kids as well!

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      We struggle with slowing down too! Sometimes I stop and look at my daughter and wonder where this sassy little girl came from! 🙂

  15. I love how personal this was. We do what we have to do for our children especially becoming selfless. Thanks for sharing the event information.

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Too many mothers unfortunately don’t learn the that they need to become “selfless” when they have kids. It’s not easy to do, but so necessary!

  16. Great post. Thanks for all the great tips.

  17. This is beautiful. I was terrified when I found out I was having a daughter and she still terrifies me. She left me on bed rest for 3 months when I was pregnant with her, and I had some serious resentment issues towards her until recently. I’m trying to learn to love her more and to nurture her spirit, (her ENORMOUS spirit). This is a great reminder of how I can protect and guide her.

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      I can only imagine how difficult that was! I’m glad you are able to work through those issues so you can have that incredible mother/daughter bond. hugs

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