I partnered with my friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #BelieveInYourGut
We had a situation recently that prompted a discussion with the kids about gut instinct and how important it is to listen to it. As moms, there are so many things that we try to do for our kids, but truly, they need to be able to react and make good decisions on their own. My kids are hardly ever unattended. But as they get older, I know that I have to start allowing some independence, albeit controlled independence. One day, my oldest son was scootering on the sidewalk in front of our house. He hadn’t been out too long before coming back into the house to tell me there was a “weird” guy standing on our street corner, eating cheese balls and wearing a hoodie who my son didn’t recognize from the neighborhood. I laughed at first, because that IS totally creepy, but I told my son he was right to come in and he should always listen to his gut instinct when things don’t feel right.
I didn’t think much more about the incident until later that same day when my youngest son went outside to play with the neighbor. A little later, he came running in the house and locked the door behind him. He, too, told me about a “weird” guy on the street. Again, we talked about how to remove yourself from situations if your gut instinct tells you to do so, how it is your body’s way of trying to keep you away from harm (Brain Games has an episode on fear that is great to watch with the kids btw!).
About 10 minutes later I got a text from a neighbor saying she had called the police on the guy because of his odd behavior. Luckily, this story does not end dramatically; the police just told the guy to go somewhere else.
When I come across a teaching moment like this with my kids, I try to find day-to-day ways to enforce the ideas so that they can really learn and understand the lessons. I had my friend, Jenny, design this Believe in Your Gut printable as a visual reminder for the kids about trusting their gut instinct. I wanted something that would fit in with our decor but be a good reminder of trusting their inner dialogue.
I am mentally exhausted by the end of the day with all the teaching moments that arise. From navigating the obstacles of a super sensitive and emotional 8-year-old to trying to dealing with an outgoing 11-year-old who is exploring the world of rap music, there is a lesson to be found in EVERYTHING. I know that I should also put some time and energy in to my own mental and physical health, but the truth is, I kind of just want to watch TV at the end of an exhausting day.
Recently my doctor told me that I need to add probiotics to my diet in order to live a healthier life. If you are unfamiliar, probiotics are the “good” bacteria that just happen to be the key to your overall health, and are especially great for your digestive system. A healthy gut with good bacteria from probiotics helps to balance out the “bad” bacteria to help keep your body working like it’s supposed to, even in the midst of all the craziness of being a mom. Thank goodness Tropicana Essentials Probiotics make it SUPER easy to add probiotics to my daily routine.
The hardest part of adding these juices to your day is picking what flavor to drink. They are all delicious! These new Tropicana Essentials Probiotics juices are made with 100% juice, probiotics (bifidobacterium lactis) and no added sugar or artificial flavors. The juice puts over one billion live and active cultures right in your gut and has more than a day’s worth of Vitamin C (which moms need to help fight off those gross kid germs).
While I can be picky about what juices I like, Tropicana nailed it in the flavor department with these. They are the perfect amount of sweet and come in three flavors – Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Mango and Peach Passion Fruit. SO delicious! My kids loved them, too, and they served as another teaching moment on how to choose foods and drinks that help promote a healthy lifestyle.
This has got to be the easiest way to get probiotics in to your diet. They are easy to find in the store (check in the refrigerated juice aisle for the multi and single-serve sizes) and totally convenient. I don’t even have to think about it. I just drink my juice with breakfast and go on about my day that much healthier. Staying healthy for my kids is something I think about more often NOW THAT I’M 40. How did that happen? It feels like just yesterday (or 22 years ago) I was in college! It’s super important to find those easy ways to improve your health, and your gut is the best place to start. My gut instinct is telling me I should probably watch a little less TV and be a little more active but I’m just going to pretend like I don’t hear it. I can ignore it because it’s not wearing a hoodie eating cheese balls…
This printable poster is a great way to remind your kids to follow their gut instinct and for you to mind the health of your gut. Just print it out, post it up and keep on living.
Get your Believe in your Gut Printable right here.
Thank you to Jenny for designing this printable for me (and you!). Thank you for supporting brands, like Tropicana, that let me tell stories about my family to try to help make your life a little easier and, in this case, healthier.
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