Today’s post is sponsored by Milk Life! Today I am talking all about how milk helps to fuel our little ones so they can achieve their goals. I love using milk, a nutrient powerhouse (9 essential nutrients including 8 grams of natural protein in an 8 oz. serving), to help fuel these four year old champions that we’ve got over here:) As you’ve probably been able to see over the years on the blog, I’m a huge advocate for exercise. I think it is so important that as a family we stay active together. Milk will always play an important role in fueling us. Andrew drinks milk all of the time! I am all about putting milk in my morning smoothies and as a recovery tool after some hard runs, races and boot camp sessions. Thanks for following along on our journey. We sure appreciate you guys!
PS the marathon is in just two more days. I think I am more excited for this marathon than I have ever been before. Of course a big reason is because I’ve got Andrew and the kids there to cheer me on. But some of my excitement is because it is my favorite course, because I get to run it with Josse and maybe a healthy combination of lots of things.
Let’s rewind to many moons ago when I used to teach high school health classes. I felt a lot of responsibility teaching this course because I was in charge of teaching these teenagers all about their mental, physical and social health. I loved teaching health because it was the one subject that I believe really applied in so many different ways to each and every student in the classroom. These teenagers were all in a place in their lives where they had big choices to make in regards to their relationships, the way they thought about themselves and the things they did each day to take care of their bodies and minds.
I taught at a charter school so things were done just a little bit differently than at a regular public school. The kids had a dress code, business casual, which I loved as a teacher. Our school’s overall theme was based on the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey. All of the teachers received outside training (I think it was a 40 hour workshop that we did to get certified) to help us to include these habits in our curriculum. In my health class I used, in addition to a classic health textbook, the book The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make (by Steven R. Covey’s son, Sean Covey) as a tool to cover everything from addictions to friends to dating to stress and self worth.
This special curriculum was a great help to my students. The section in this book about self-worth is something I continually think about and remember even years later. Self-worth is something so incredibly important for each and every single person out there. Helping my children learn about their self-worth is so beyond important to me. Having a healthy sense of our own self-worth helps us with our perception of the world. A good self esteem helps us to make the best decisions possible.
This book talks about the archway of self worth and how the following 7 things play a huge role in shaping the way we feel about ourselves—> Integrity, Service, Faith/Hope, Smart Decisions, Physical Health, Talents and Skills and Accomplishments.
If I look back on my life I can clearly see that these different factors really molded my self worth, especially the smart decisions during my college years. These are all areas that I hope to work on individually with our kiddos.
I think that accomplishments play an important part in our archway of self-worth and is a big reason why we all run. Running gives us that daily, or a few times a week, feeling of accomplishment. Whether it is a hard run we finished, a race, getting faster, finishing the run when we wanted to quit or simply just getting out in fresh air and doing something good for our bodies, we feel accomplished afterwards. That feeling is what keeps us doing something ‘hard’ like running.
Today I want to focus on accomplishments for little ones. I absolutely love seeing Knox and Brooke grow and learn. I love seeing them feel proud over their little accomplishments and the big ones too. I remember when Brooke first put together potty training and the huge smile she got on her face for figuring out this new skill. The first time she wrote her name all on her own gave me goosebumps. Gymnastics class each week was a little boost for her. I can’t wait for soccer to start soon. After pre-school Knox and Brooke are always so excited to show me what they did in school that day. Those art projects of their’s always make them feel on top of the world.
His little face when riding a bike without training wheels is everything. He felt like the bomb.com after this.
Whether it is at school, at home, at church, at grandma’s house… wherever it may be, I want my kids to experience the principle of working hard towards something, whether big or small. Then they can enjoy that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that always accompanies hard work.
I think as a mom I show them this with my running. They are able to see that no matter what your age is, never let go of the things in your life that bring you that good feeling or sense of accomplishment.
These accomplishments that we seek no matter what area they are in, sure help us feel like champions. I can’t wait to support Knox and Brooke (and the kids we have in the future) to feel like champions in whatever way they choose!
My parents were so good at helping me in whatever way they could to accomplish things. Whether it was my dad buying every piece of art that I displayed in my Art Store, the hallway, at the age of 4 or my mom being there at EVERY tennis match I ever played in during high school, I felt their love and support. I knew that they cared deeply about what I cared about.
I want to be that way for our kids.
This is still one of my favorite pictures of Brooke ever. Her face is pure pride in her hard work at the gymnastics gym:) I think one of the biggest lessons that these kids teach me is to celebrate the smallest victories. Learning to celebrate the little stuff and feeling good for the steps along the way in reaching our goals is so important.
Another one from last year that I love. She felt like a million bucks after accomplishing her first race of .2 miles. I can’t wait to have both Knox and Brooke run a race together this year.
Andrew is working with both of them to teach them how to ride a bike without training wheels. They felt like big shots during this lesson.
I am really happy to see this day come… Brooke with her step-dad that loves her to pieces and works with her on so many different things.
Oh and this was after they both sang at church the other day in front of the whole congregation (with all of the other kids there too… but they sure recognized their accomplishment as a big deal!!).
One of the many things that I can do to help these two reach their goals is to properly fuel them each day. Saturday mornings Andrew goes above and beyond and makes all of us a special breakfast like this one. He made turkey bacon, french toast and had plenty of fresh fruit to go along with their glasses of milk.
I think starting their day off with high-quality protein (8 grams of natural protein along with 8 other essential nutrients per every 8-ounce serving) which is found in milk, helps them to power up for the day because they sure have a lot to do!
Check out Milk Life for yourself. I LOVE all the recipes they have right now for different flavors of milk such as chocolate banana flavored milk, vanilla cinnamon flavored milk and lavender honey flavored milk. Andrew is going to LOVE these.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I usually have something small before my run and then my real breakfast afterwards.
Simple. Refreshing. Full of nutrients. Perfect for these two very busy and active FOUR year olds (Knox just turned four this week. They are so happy that they are the same age again:)
What are your thoughts on self-worth and what things can we do to strengthen our self worth?
Breakfast… have you always been a big breakfast person? What does your normal breakfast include?
Parents reading—> what are some of your kid’s achievements these days?
Morning runners… when do you eat breakfast?