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When I found out I was going to have the opportunity to sit down with Emmy nominated TV Host of The Doctors, and board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr Travis Stork to talk health – I knew exactly what I wanted to ask about: Mommy Guilt. I think it’s slowly but surely damaging all of us, and doing damage to far more than just our mental health. Mommy Guilt is damaging our physical health and setting the scene to damage our children’s health as they grow older too.
When I sat down with Dr Stork (and a big thanks to my friend Carissa at Good n Crazy for taking this picture), I asked, “As moms, we neglect ourselves a lot. Is there any one thing we neglect that you would say does more damage than the others? We skimp on meals, we skimp exercise, we skimp on sleep…”
Dr Stork – “I don’t really think there’s any one thing. It’s all of the above. The one quote I always like to use, particularly with mothers is, ‘it’s not selfish to take care of yourself.’ And, as a doctor, I always say that by taking care of yourself, you’re really taking care of your family.”
Dr Stork has partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health to help other understand that a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body.
Dr Stork – “You’re also a role model in that sense. Your daughter sees you committing to the little things for yourself and when your daughter grows up they’re going to do the same. They model themselves after you. With oral care, for instance, if your kids see you brushing your teeth, flossing and using Crest Pro-Health rinse everyday, then the kids are like ‘Oh, that’s cool – mom is doing it.’ If they see you skipping everything, you know… they’re watching everything. And that’s where it gets back to you. By being selfish, you’re actually doing good things, not only for you but for your whole family.”
Being selfish can be a good thing. Let go of the Mommy Guilt.
Dr Stork and I discussed running and how my kids always want to join me. I feel guilty for leaving them behind, but I know that I can’t always let them go with me. I do need to actually run more than a quarter mile at a time and the kids really can’t keep a pace that gets me the exercise I need.
Dr Stork – “Moms have to let go of the guilt for doing that. It’s Doctor’s orders! It’s the best thing for you. It’s the best thing for your family. Committing everyday to doing simple things that are good for you… it’s huge! Whether you’re talking about oral care or other little things, instead of viewing them as chores, view it as doing something good for yourself.”
I’ve personally recommitted this week to my oral health by making time every single day for flossing, brushing (I always brush) and using Crest Pro-Health rinse. Crest Pro-Health is the only rinse that delivers both anti-cavity and anti-tartar benefits in one. It takes 4 minutes tops and not only makes me look and feel better, but it helps to improve my overall health. Plus, my kids see me doing it and want to do it too. There’s no reason to let Mommy Guilt stop me from taking 4 minutes to brush, floss and rinse.
Dr Stork – “Whenever you feel the guilt creeping in, that when you say that actually you should feel guilty for not doing the things that are healthy for you.”
Who struggles with Mommy Guilt? How do you battle it? Let’s talk it out and ditch the Mommy Guilt. Remember, it’s Dr’s orders!