Mommy Guilt – Ditch It! {Dr’s Orders from Travis Stork MD} #CrestProHealth #Sponsored

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Mommy Guilt Drs Orders #CrestProHealth #Sponsored MamaMommyMom 2When 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.

Interview Dr Travis Stork #CrestProHealth #Ad MamaMommyMomWhen 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.”

Dr Travis Stork #CrestProHealth #Ad MamaMommyMomI’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!

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12 Responses to Mommy Guilt – Ditch It! {Dr’s Orders from Travis Stork MD} #CrestProHealth #Sponsored

  1. Kate K says:

    Mommy guilt is the worst. I’ve been getting better at it a little bit at a time.

  2. amber.m says:

    I love CREST! We only buy CREST products, just always have!
    And mom guilt is SO real! The older my kids get, the more I feel it. It’s so true though that we need to focus on ourselves as well. I very often forget that.

  3. Carissa says:

    wow. Powerful! Thanks Jamie.. we all need to hear this… some more than others eh?? (pointing to self). 🙂

  4. Stacy says:

    I try to stay away from Mom guilt, hey my kids are still alive & happy right?, but it’s so easy to fall in that trap. But if Dr. S says to drop it how can we argue?

  5. Chelsea says:

    I’m not a mom (yet), but I totally believe that moms DO need to take care of themselves so they can take care of their families. Moms always forget about themselves, but their wellbeing is just as important!

  6. Kendra says:

    How awesome you got to meet him! Good luck on carving out “me time”!

  7. Great interview and great pics! Fun you got to meet him! I totally agree with what he said and that by taking care of ourselves as moms we are taking care of our whole family.

  8. Kelley says:

    Ugh ditching the mommy guilt is so much easier to say than it is to DO. I think Dr Travis needs to have kids of his own and he’ll get it!! More sleep, less stress too… WAY easier said than done!! Couldn’t we ALL improve on these things!?

  9. katherine says:

    Very neat – we make sure to use natural toothpaste in our house

  10. He sounds super nice and he’s so right. On a side note I’m so picking up that mouthwash for my hubs, he loves Crest.

  11. I deal with mommy guilt all the time, it’s really pretty bad. I don’t think other moms should necessarily put their children over themselves but it’s hard for me not to personally. I’m a work in progress, and thank you for this post, I think the more you hear you are important and realize (if for nothing else to be a better mom) is good.

  12. Shannon Geddes says:

    Thanks for this article! So many of us struggle with mommy guilt and this helps ease that a little.

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