“Mommy loves all of our parts.”
I’m very “body positive”. I think bodies are beautiful. All sorts of bodies. I didn’t always though. Sometimes that’s the sort of wisdom that comes from living (not from age, but from experience, and making conscious decisions about the way we live).
I want my daughter to be body positive. I love how my post baby belly feels all warm and squishy, and I want her to love all her parts too – however they turn out. I tell her all the time how much I love her parts, every single part, because they are hers, and that makes them perfect.
I fear for our girls. The messages they receive from almost everywhere are that they aren’t good enough. They can always be more SOMETHING. More thin, more curvy, more youthful, more, more, more… But the fact of the matter is that they are PERFECT. They are perfect as they are. And that’s another reason for my Power of SHe project.
Now I’m rambling. I tend to do that when I get on topics of importance. Okay. Back to my story.
You never know if what you try to teach your children really gets through – until you KNOW it’s gotten through. One of those wonderful little moments happened tonight, and it made me grin a wonderfully large self-satisfied grin.
Lily-Ann was in the bathroom with her Daddy. I don’t remember specifically what they were doing, or the context of their discussion… but I do remember hearing Damon laugh before they made their way into the bedroom where I was doing some work on the computer – waiting to put the girl to bed.
“Do you know what Lily told me?”
I looked up from my work and gave my husband my attention, “What?”
“She said you love my parts.”
I laughed and the story spilled forth. Apparently the girl was educating her father, telling him that his parts are beautiful too. “Mommy loves ALL of our parts.” And she even made sure to let him know that I even love the stinky parts, because they’re perfect too.
It’s nice to know that sometimes you really do get through to them.
Posted on March 24, 2012, in Family, Feminism, Parenting, Wee Girlie and tagged beautiful, beauty, body image, body parts, body positive, children, parenting, perfect, perfection, positive body image, positive self image, self image. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.