The other day the girls and I went out to run some errands. When we got home Isabella went to change her clothes because she was wearing white shorts and we’re still trying to keep them white. A few minutes later I walk into her room and see this…
I just recently started my blog and I’ve been doing flat lays… Can you tell?
I started thinking how our girls look up to, us how much they want to be like us. They care for their dolls and play dress up and they want to wear makeup, not just because they’re girls, but because they want to be like mom. Being a mom comes with so much responsibility as it is. What with feeding them and keeping them alive and all. But there is so much more and sometimes in the “noise” of cleaning and cooking and generally dealing with life it is easy to lose sight of that.
They look at everything we do and though they may not talk about it or even understand it themselves ..they are most definitely soaking it up.
I think most of us are mindful of how we handle our emotions around our kids. We make a concerted effort to teach them how to handle their own feelings. But I think that we need to remember that our kids also watch how we carry ourselves, how we dress, what we eat and how we feel about our bodies.
If you’re conscientious about your diet and what you put into your body your kids will learn from that. My husband and I stopped eating fast food 6 years ago, my kids have never had McDonald’s and I feel so good about that choice.
To take that a step further, our kids, especially our girls, also soak up our feelings regarding body image. We cannot be the example when we’re constantly picking ourselves apart. So whatever our body image is we have to own it. If you’re happy where you are then good for you! Be happy, be confident and let it show. If you want to start working out then do it! Get busy doing whatever it is that is going to make you happy and confident. It will surely be an example to the people you love.
I know that personally, this is always the case for me and my girls. I started working out and exercising and my girls wanted to do the same. I started my blog a few weeks ago and again my girls wanted to be like mommy and start their own blogs. I am acutely aware of the fact that my girls often choose to do as I do.
The question: How do we raise confident young women?
The answer: By example.