Paul Gauguin: Portrait of a Tahitian Woman in Thought
It's important for mothers to develop a healthy body image. Some women don't like taking pictures of themselves because they think they should be a size 4 or 6. My theory is that you should be at a size that's comfortable and healthy. For some, that may be a 12 or 14. Developing a healthy body image for yourself is difficult, but necessary for the development of healthy children.
Our self esteem and the way we see ourselves directly affect our children. It's very challenging for pubescent children. This is a very fragile stage of life. They're figuring out who they are and trying to fit in. Making a comment on size can send your child into a tailspin. Be mindful and choose your words wisely when discussing weight and the body. I no longer say that I want or need to diet. I dropped that years ago because diets have proven to be a very futile exercise for me. Encourage your family to move. Get out and walk and play outdoor games with your children. Be mindful of the meals you prepare and the quantity you consume. Talk to your family about healthy choices. Use positive and encouraging words when you speak to your family about a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, love yourself and embrace your body.
Spring is a great time to make changes. Everything feels new and rejuvenating. Take some time to look at yourself in the mirror daily and practice loving what you see. It's your gift of self. It's the body God created especially for you. Accept it, love it, take care of it. It's the only one you have so don't abuse it or be ashamed of it. Be a good example for your family. Get moving, eat healthy and embrace your journey.