When 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!
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