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#CollectiveBias enlisted me to talk about why #IAmProtective. In two simple words, I can answer this: my children. Since becoming a mother, I’ve found that many people tend to confuse being protective as being overprotective. There’s a big difference to me. Being overprotective means sheltering your children from the world in an effort to keep them safe from the evils that may lurk or the unfortunate situations they may encounter. However, being protective means allowing your children to experience life normally, but focusing on reducing the impact of negative situations on their lives.
I first learned I was pregnant with my gorgeous daughter when I was 19 years old. Looking back, I had a lot of growing up to do, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I wanted to be a mom more than anything. I would love and protect my child with every ounce of my being. I would guide her to become the generous and caring young girl she is today. I would tell her to work hard and appreciate everything she has. One of my biggest concerns was my ability to protect her when I was so young myself. Would she someday look at me like a bad role model? Would I find it difficult to financially support her? She will be turning 10 years old soon, and looking back on the past 10 years, I realize I’ve done everything I could do to protect her and will keep doing so for as long as I’m living. She knows that even when she’s 50, Mama will still be there to comfort heartbreak or give a few extra dollars when money is tight. She can count on me, because #IAmProtective.
Seven and a half years after I had my daughter, my handsome little man was born. He was beautiful and perfect, just like his big sis. Soon after his birth when we found out he was deaf, my protective Mama instincts kicked into overdrive. Growing up with a brother who wore hearing aids, I witnessed first-hand how cruel kids could be. To make fun of a child with special needs is not only heartbreaking, but ridiculously cruel. I vowed to make my son understand how amazing he is, with or without his cochlear implants, and that he’s absolutely no different than anyone else. I can’t keep others from staring or saying rude comments, but I can protect his feelings by helping to build his confidence and outlook on life.
When we become mothers, we have an undeniable urge to protect our children. The scary thing is – who will do it should something happen to you? Do you have a plan in case something should happen to you and/or your significant other? How will you be able to protect your children if you are not physically around? It’s not something I like thinking about, but I have to. Why? Because I’m a Mama, and I am protective of my beautiful children.
Protect What You Love Most
It’s never to early to set in motion a plan to protect your loved ones. Saving for college, planning for retirement, and wisely managing money are all things that are vital to consider once you become a parent. Purchasing life insurance through a reputable life insurance corporation like Protective Insurance can help you create that important cushion that can protect your children in unexpected circumstances. “How much life insurance do I need?” is a question I ask myself. I admit I am clueless when it comes to such a big, important issue. However, Protective Insurance outlines the process in an understandable way that I truly appreciate.
What are you protective of? Your career? The environment? Protective invites you to share what you are protective of on its blog and in its gallery.
Help Raise Money for Nick’s Kids Charity
On September 20th, 2014, watch the Alabama/Florida game and head to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to post something with the hashtag #IAmProtective. Every time this hashtag is used, Protective will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Nick’s Kids charity!
So, what are you protective of?