Have you ever noticed that we women are very critical of ourselves?
We are always finding something wrong with our bodies… our stomachs, our weight, the skin hanging down from our arms (what is that exactly?), our wrinkles, our hair, everything!
Just yesterday morning, I finished blow drying my hair and before I could pull out my flat iron and smooth those tresses down, I looked in the mirror and gasped.
It’s summertime. Hello humidity.
I was about to immediately ring my Keratin/ Brazilian Blowout connection when I remembered that I’m not doing it anymore. Crap.
But the point of this post is not about my fierce hair crisis. My point is – women are very self critical. And when we complain about our perceived faults (including frizzy wackadoodle hair), our children take that in.
When we describe our bodies as gross or fat or awful, our kids are listening.
Our daughters are listening.
And they are learning from us. Learning to be dissatisfied with their beautiful, strong, perfect bodies.
So this week, I ask you to do something for me. Take a few minutes and vocalize three things about your body that you love. Proclaim your beauty in front of your children. Let them hear you. Talk about your fabulous toned arms. Or your awesome cheekbones. Or your cute polished toes. Yes, you will feel silly. But do it anyway.
Let them take it in.
As for me… I happen to love my green eyes. And my well shaped eyebrows. And my legs look pretty darn good in a pair of shorts.
And my hair? Well, I’m trying to love that too. It’s a work in progress.