From planning for my kids to teaching my kids, I am constantly protecting like a mother. That’s why I am happy to partner with with Lysol protect like a mother campaign. It is to celebrate a mother’s natural protective instinct, honoring that a mother’s first priority is always the safety of her children.
Becoming a mother, made me a new person. I suddenly found that I was no longer responsible for just myself. I also found that I loved my baby, immediately, with a love that was more powerful than anything I could ever have imagined. I had someone else to think of with her own desires and needs. I had to figure out how to take care of and provide for both of us. Then, next thing I knew, she was crawling and I had to protect her from potential dangers. Baby-proofing is one way that we all begin protecting like a mother. As our children grow, we find that protecting like a mother will take on many, many forms.
Momma Bear Is My Spirit Animal
Many animals are known for their fierceness when it comes to protecting their offspring. I’d have to say I most identify with a bear as my mom spirit animal because they really bond with their babies as they care for them and they are also known for risking their own lives to fight any odds so their cubs can survive. The protective instinct is a universal truth of motherhood – in the animal kingdom and in our own. As a mother, it seems only natural to me to risk everything to protect my children. I hope never to have to protect my children’s lives in a big dramatic manner but the fact is, as mothers, we protect our children everyday.
It starts with simple things like placing the plastic caps in the open electric sockets. As babies become more capable and adventurous, protecting like a mother involves following them everywhere to prevent them getting hurt. It involves keeping the floors super clean because they are crawling all over them. It involves making sure they don’t stick gross things in their mouths or pull something heavy down on themselves. It involves keeping them from climbing onto things that could fall over. There seems to always be some new threat we didn’t even see coming until they reach for it!
Protecting Through Danger Awareness
As my kids have gotten older, protecting like a mother had become less about active protection and more about teaching them things to keep them safe. I teach them dangers to be aware of such as hot pot handles, fire, and cars. It starts with simple things like, “Hot- burns!” and becomes more complex as they are older and can understand more complex things like, “It is important to be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to people who are in your vicinity and their possible intentions.” We also protect our kids by getting them to wear helmets when they ride bikes and follow safety practices when they do sports.
Protection Through Everyday Habits
Protecting them is also about teaching them healthy everyday habits. I teach them to brush their teeth so their teeth don’t rot out. I teach them to use sunscreen so they don’t burn and (or) get skin cancer. I teach my kids to eat healthy foods so they keep their bodies strong and healthy. I teach them to wash their hands before eating and after touching anything that is likely to contain germs so they don’t get sick. I teach them to clean up after themselves so they have a sanitary environment to live in.
Protecting Like A Mother
Protecting like a mother is an ongoing job from things like preventing the spread of harmful germs in the home to teaching them how to fully take care of themselves.
No one protects her children quite like a mom. And Lysol, a leader in germ killing for 100+ years, helps mom protect her family with products that kill 99.9% of germs. It feels great to provide kids with a clean environment and help protect them from passing germs.
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crystal mccord says
I just make sure we have clean and sanitized place to call home 🙂
Shannon Baas says
I make sure everything is clean.
James Robert says
I have 5 kids so really important we all clean doorknobs, keep hands sanitized, etc. If one gets sick, tends to go to them all so we use the lysol spray regularly. But I am a single dad raising my 5 kids so I keep it cleaned up like a dad….lol
Molly A Strobe says
I have a daughter with a dairy allergy, so I make sure to keep our kitchen and eating area especially clean in order to avoid cross contamination. So my spirit animal would be ¨Hawk eyes, kitchen master¨
Danielle Wood says
My spirit animal as a mom would be a bird, nurture them for a while, teach them to fly and then push them out of the nest
Wendy R. says
I’d like to think that I am the kind of mom that teaches her kids to be self sufficient so they are protected and confident. 🙂
Janet W. says
I protect like a mom by keeping surfaces clean at home and making sure the family washes their hands after running errands, being outside, etc.
Jeanne Coulombe says
I am a momma bear my kids are my everything and I always kept my home germ free because I have a medical condition where my immune system is low and can get infections easy. So with kids that’s always a challenge but I have lots of lysol products throughout my home.
vickie couturier says
I have been Called Mama Bear a lot when my kids were growing up,,,i always stood up for them and their rights and now the grandkids,,i guess now I’m Mamaw Bear
Peggy Nunn says
One of them has asthma so I clean like any protector. I need to make sure all the things that can trigger an attack are never in the house for long.
I’m like a possum … you think I can’t hear what you’re saying or see what you’re doing … but when you least expect it – BAM!
Elizabeth Miller says
I am a beast in the sense of protecting my kids from illnesses and non productive things in their lives. I am a bear momma in nurturing them and cuddling them.
Maryann D. says
I think my spirit animal is like a lion. I take care of my young ones and do whatever necessary to protect them and keep them healthy.
Geena O'Banion says
Mom’s most important job is to keep kids/others safe. So, Lysol comes in handy in the kitchen and bathroom to help get rid of those darn germs. Lysol can be used for other (outside) uses also. Mom’s need to focus on cleanliness……………….that’s a fact.
Kelly Skibbe says
I get extra crazy during cold and flu season. I am a Lysol Queen as well as a probiotic and apple cidar vinegar spaz 🙂
Seyma Shabbir says
I don;t know what my spirit animal is. There are times I am pretty calm and other times I am so aggressively protective LOL. I do make the kids wash their hands and CHANGE clothes after school so as to not bring germs home.
Cheryl Chervitz says
I was a nurse when my children were growing up, so I always taught them how to keep clean and avoid cross contamination.
Rose Santuci-Sofranko says
I don’t believe in “Spirit Animals”, but if I did mine would be a Dove because they represent The Holy Spirit. Thanks and God Bless!
Laurie Emerson says
I protect like a mama bear always giving bear hugs and always making sure no one every hurts my babies.
Sue E says
I try my best to show my younger grandkids that germs lead to getting sick & believe me they don’t like being sick! So it is very necessary to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom & before they eat, do not share food, do not kiss on the mouth, do not eat food that fell on the ground, do not take food from strangers, do not put pens & pencils in your mouth or use anybody else’s chap stick/ lipstick, etc. Plus make sure they have their Purell hand sanitizer in their school bags at all times! That’s what it is there for and they know about Lysol, because we always have a can on hand! It’s usually in the bathroom, because I spray the toilet seats & faucets a lot. After all are kids & grandkids are our future generations & what my life is all about
Jennifer Reed says
I would say my mom spirit animal would be the Humpback Whale. I would also go to the ends of the Earth to protect my child.
Anita Jude says
I’m a mom bear ..I keep them clean and safe but when messed with watch out because the bear might just get you !!!
Dawn W says
I love the idea of my being the spirit animal of the wolf!!! Protective and majestic yet cute and cuddly!
Philip Lawrence says
I protect like a Mom by keeping everything clean and watching out for when messes happen and clean those up right away.
Amber Cheras says
My spirit animal would be a bear because I protect everyone I love and give everyone bear hugs!
BONNIE BARKER says
I WIPE DOWN EVERYTHING WITH LYSOL THAT MY GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO TOUCH—–CAN’T BE DONE—–SO I ALSO SPRAY WITH LYSOL SPRAY. SO FAR NO SICK KIDS AND A HAPPY
GREAT MAW MAW.
Casey Mclendon says
Great comments! Fun to read! I’m a momma bear! People call me that all the time! I have 3 boys who are super dirty and messy and we love and use a lot of lysol products! Thanks so much for the chance to win we are forever running out! 🙂
james m jenkins says
I have to protect my cats like a mother by always making sure that they don’t get out when I’m not watching; they love to explore!