This post is sponsored by the good folks at Got Milk? All content, thoughts, ideas, ponderings and musings are all my own.
I have four daughters. This can mean lots of different things to lots of different people. For certain it means drama, lots of shoes, makeup, clothes everywhere - and drama.
It also means tremendous opportunities to get to know these wonderful people and share with them the things that are really important to me. Developing a good relationship with my girls is one of the most important things that I will ever do as a parent, and it fills me equally with dread and excitement.
My daughters definitely fill the label of "Like Her, Like Me" in many different aspects, that's for sure. We love to read, cook and do Zumba together. I consider my daughters to be good sources of information in all aspects of clothing and make up - although I'm no slouch myself - and we've been known to even make the same choices when we eat out. It's often a little uncanny.
One of the more difficult concepts to get my daughters to understand is the need for good quality foods to fuel their bodies. Nutrition wasn't really a topic that was touched on much when I grew up in the 1970's, other than hearing about the "4-4-3-2" - the daily numbers of fruits, grains, milk and meat.
Thirty years later, we understand a lot more about what our bodies need, and one of the fastest growing areas of nutrition education is that of the teenage girl. At one point in time, common knowledge was that as a girl began puberty, her growth stopped and nutrition just wasn't as important. We now know the danger in this thinking. The foods and drinks that she takes in as a teen can have a lifelong impact on her skeleton and can affect her childbearing years and beyond.
Once, I saw an elderly woman fall. It was a simple fall, and yet, she suffered a compound fracture of the wrist. She was a very small, very tiny woman, who suffered from osteoporosis - and seeing that painful break was enough to convince me that I not only needed to drink my milk but be certain that my girls do the same.
That can be a much more difficult action to enforce, however, especially now that so many teens drink coffee and sugar concoctions and live on junk food. Add in the reality that my older daughters are not breakfast eaters - and, neither am I, let's be honest - and you can begin to see where my struggles lie.
The fine people at the National Milk Mustache “got milk?”® Campaign would like to select three teams that exemplify positive role modeling to appear in their very own Milk Mustache ad. The winners will receive a trip to New York City, for a Milk Mustache ad photo shoot that will grace the pages of Seventeen magazine this fall. Head to TheBreakfastProject.com or follow @milkmustache on Twitter for inspiration, information and more ways to start the day off right with milk at home.
By June 22, 2012, grab a camera, have fun, and, in two minutes or less, show what makes you an awesome team, including tips on how milk at breakfast helps you both start the day off strong. Upload your entries at www.TheBreakfastProject.com. The three winning groups will be featured in an ad as the next Milk Mustache stars!
Here is my video - it was so much fun to create - let me know when you've done yours as I'd love to see it!