Our daughter's perception of body image, self-worth, food, & femininity rests on our shoulders.
PART 3: Our daughter's perception of body image, self-worth, food, & femininity rests on our shoulders. What kind of example are we setting?
Moms with daughters, or women who want to be moms in the future… we have the biggest blessing yet the biggest responsibility on our shoulders.
Disclaimer: I do not have kids yet, but the ideas in this post are things I’ve brainstormed with clients who do have kids, specifically daughters, and are looking to bring them into this journey.
The way our mothers modeled food and dieting to us is how we grew up seeing food and our self-worth.
I can still remember my mom making giant salads out of broccoli and proclaiming she was going on a diet. I also remember her having binge periods when this diet was no longer sustainable.
When I used to cry to her in college about my weight, instead of telling me to knock that crap off (I was NOT overweight), she told me to look into weight watchers.
Not because she’s mean, not because she wanted to hurt me, but because she grew up in the low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb, food makes you fat, be scared of food and starve yourself culture. She also grew up equating being stick-thin with being beautiful. AND IT STUCK WITH HER.
We may have been raised in some serious screwed up diet culture, but we literally have the power to change the world by changing the way the next generation, specifically our daughters, think about food, their bodies, and their self-worth.
I know some of you are probably thinking, “I don’t even have this figured out for myself yet, how can I teach my kids?!”
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference! Swipe ➡️ for some easy ways to incorporate this.
I cannot wait for gift of having daughters some day.
God is blessing us with the ability to guide precious souls AWAY from food fear, diet culture, and self-hatred. This is the light at the end of the tunnel from multiple generations of dark and sad diet culture.