It can be super hard to feel good about your mom body because we live in a culture that wants us to have all the babies…but then look like we never had a baby. So a lot of us end up denigrating our bodies or our food choices, almost without realizing it—and for sure without realizing how much our kids are listening to us. On the podcast this week, we talk about why your body image matters to you and your kids.
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Consider Your Post-Baby Body Image
New research shows that kids as young as 5 years old know when their moms aren’t happy with their bodies—and are more likely to feel dissatisfied with their own as a result. Dare Not to Diet has a good strategy for talking about objects on your body (ie, your clothes), rather than your body as an object.
Talk About What Your Body Can Do—and Has Done
It’s so easy to expect that our bodies should look the same after we have kids, but we MADE A PERSON! And it’s okay if that shows. One thing that helps us is to think about and verbalize all of the amazing things our bodies can do…not just how they may look.
It’s Time to Stop Food Shaming
This means no more apologizing for eating a snack/ice cream/cookie. No more apologizing for your hunger. Talk about hunger (and fullness) with the kids as the normal physical thing that it is!
Hear more of our thoughts on this super important topic in this week’s episode.
How do you talk about your body around your kids? We’d love to know what you’re struggling with, or any tips for keeping things positive. Email [email protected],