“You are being influenced, every day, about how you should look. And that influence readily transfers to our children, especially the girls.
One study showed that about 50 percent of thirteen-year-old girls don’t like their appearance, jumping to 80 percent by the time they are 18. And what is the number one graduation gift in many states? Plastic surgery. In one survey of primary-aged children, some girls actually said “they would prefer to live through a nuclear holocaust, lose both of their parents, or get sick with cancer rather than be fat.” [Coopersmith, Fit and Female, 17). [Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Chapter Four].
Society too often determines how we and our children feel about our bodies. That can stop. This week, focus on speaking only positively about your and your children’s bodies. And let your children hear those comments. I like to spend a few minutes before going to sleep, thanking God for this amazing creation, despite what I often perceive as flaws.
Feel gratitude for your body and make it a part of your conversation this week. Watch the difference it makes!
All my best,