Growing up I was always small until I hit that stage...you know the one I'm talking about. The one where your entire body changes, you start eating more and as you get older, you start becoming less active - between elementary and middle school. I grew out of it pretty quickly, but that didn't stop me from having the pounds creep on...and then fall back off in high school. I have struggled with my body and my weight most of my life. I'm still not where I want to be, but that's okay. I am still SO happy with where I am. I love who I am, and I love my body.
I love that I was able to grow a baby and nourish her. I wouldn't trade those curves for anything. But the last thing I ever want Leighton to deal with is her body and self image. We are all different shapes and sizes, and we should be. Who wants to see everyone look exactly the same?! One of the reasons I started my blog 5 years ago was to get more comfortable in my own skin, really put myself out there and challenge myself to take risks. Risks in life and risks in fashion. And I think this is such a great message to have for anyone, especially my daughter, Leighton. I want her to know that we are all different and beautiful, and she should always love herself first and have a positive body image. The beautiful person who she is exactly who she is supposed to be.
With TV, YouTube videos, and even blogs, there is even more pressure to feel like you have to look and be a certain way. That means there is all the more reason to grow up teaching our children that they don't have to look a certain way. They don't have to look like everyone else. They just need to be healthy, and they need to be happy and have a positive body image. That is all I want for myself, and that is all I want for Leighton. We are the role models that our children will look up to each and every day. And for those reasons, I try to teach LC that a positive body image comes from being healthy and being happy with your body and who you are. I want to make sure I portray that because kids pick up on everything we do and say. And if she picks up on anything, I want it to be a positivie body image.
Make sure you check out My Wifestyles to read more about her journey with body positivity and Kortni Jeane. They seriously have some of the cutest swimsuits ever! And they make them for your entire family. You might remember Leighton and I wearing a matching style here too. = ) What ways do you try to teach a positive body image to your children and discourage body shaming?