Weekend Read: Mama-mantra – I will love my body

A few weeks ago I shared in a Weeked Read about Dove’s campaign to raise awareness and promoting body-positive awareness and images. The idea being that what we (and our children) see on social media and online can really have a damaging effect on how we perceive ourselves even when we know there are apps and edits done to a majority of those photos and images.

Even with the best of intentions we all are human and all have negative views of ourselves from time to time. It is hard to not get frusturated in a changing room when jeans that once fit no longer do. Those workout leggings that are comfy as anything show curves in places you may not want them to; and let’s not even talk about bathing suit season and tiny bikinis – aye.

During this pregnancy I began to show much earlier than my other children. This baby is also measuring slightly bigger than her sisters, so the sudden weight gain has been something that weighs (no pun intended) on my mind. It doesn’t help when I pass people and instead of meeting me in the eye, they glance at my stomach; or even exclaim that I’m about to “pop”. While this has made me self-conscious and been at the forefront of my mind, I realize that I have two small sponges at home who constantly are watching, listening, learning, and being molded by my words and actions. So it is because of this, that I am vowing to myself to start embedding more body positive words and phrases in my day-to-day, especially around my daughters – now and always.

When H was small, from time-to-time I’d tell her to say “thank you” to her body. She would ask me why, and I would explain to her that her body does so much. It allows her to run, skip, jump, and dance. It allows her to stretch, grow, and learn. It helps her breathe and move; and overall it is beautiful – inside and out. While my intentions are there during these convos, I could be better. If you are interested in learning more from experts in the health and wellness field on this topic, check out some of these quick reads.

5 Ways to Pormote a Positive Body Image for Kids by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Self-esteem in children: Ages 1-8

How to Foster a Positive Self-Image In Your Child…

Other ways to talk about self-esteem and positive body image are through stories. Some great options (there really are so many out there) for lessons on the matter include:

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patti Lovell

I Am Enough by Grace Beyers

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Dear Girl: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful, You! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

You Matter by Christian Robinson

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