Every child has a dream. Something that they hold on to to get them through the tough times. For my son, Dexter, his dream is to be a space explorer.
It started when he was two, and he and his daddy would sit in the darkened living room watching Neil Degrasse Tyson hop in his “spaceship of the imagination” and explore the cosmos. Dexter was enthralled. He became obsessed with the planets and space. Over time, he learned everything there is to know about our solar system.
At three he knew the names of all our planets, and if you asked him about Pluto, he’d laugh and say, “Pluto’s not a planet, silly!” At four he knew the order of the dwarf planets. He knew what the rings of Saturn were made of, which planet rotates sideways, the colors, the sizes of each. At five, he knows about the different galaxies and celestial bodies. He can tell you which planet is the hottest or coldest, the distance to the sun or moon, and whether he thinks each particular planet could support human life.
The walls of his bedroom are covered in glow in the dark stickers of stars and moons. When we first stuck them on, he was furious, as we had not accurately depicted any of his favorite constellations. He has a model solar system that rotates around a model sun, and he painted each planet by himself to try and show exactly what they look like.
His most prized possession is an autographed photo of astronaut Cady Coleman, whom I met at an event recently and knew he’d be thrilled. He sleeps with it under his pillow.
And now, he has taken to trying to physically train himself for space. He has created his own regime which includes running on the treadmill (in full astronaut garb), jumping on the trampoline and a backyard assault course which he invented so he can practice how to maneuver around potential hazards on other planets.
He recently came to me and asked if he could change his diet so that he only ate food out of packets. He wanted to be as healthy as he could, and he knew that real astronauts ate packets of food that would fuel them. At that I had to draw the line. I explained that healthy eating was essential to all of us, but I explained that he’d have better results if he ate healthy real food rather than trying to live off packets of nutrient dense astronaut food. Instead, I began giving him L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™.
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Did you know to meet the recommended daily intake of fruits & vegetables, moderately active girls and boys would need to eat 1.5 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables a day?* Given Dex’s prickly nature with fruit and veggies (he’s definitely a picky eater!), it can be difficult to ensure he has received adequate nutrition. So L’il Critters™ helps to reassure me that he’s receiving his essential nutrients daily.
I have three amazing little boys to raise. I want them to be happy, safe and healthy, and I know that setting a good example for them is the key to success. Seeing how dedicated Dexter is to being an astronaut has set my three year old, Daniel, on his own mission – to become a real firefighter! I can only imagine what his training will be like! I’m sure they will both inspire our youngest to go on to do great things, too!
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This is a sponsored post for which I’ve received free product and/or compensation, but the opinions are 100% my own.
*SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fruits and Veggies More Matters® April 2016. Available here.
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