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If Your Daughter Fears Being Fat

Girl Power, Go Girl!, Self-care - Allison Kenny - March 10, 2016

How do you respond when your daughter says, “a boy at school called our teacher fat. I NEVER want to be too fat!”

Sigh.

There are so many problems with that sentence. Of course we don’t know the factual details of what  went down- we are only getting a glimpse. But let’s say that’s exactly what happened. 3 reasons that sentence at the dinner table made my skin crawl and my heart ache.

  1. that a young boy would body shame an adult female teacher
  2. that the word “fat” is being hurled as an insult at all
  3. that my chronically underweight first grade daughter is afraid of being “fat” (or more accurately, afraid of being teased by boys for being “fat”)

There is one big reason my daughter’s story made me feel hopeful, though. Empowered even. And that’s that after 8 years of struggling with my own disordered eating, body shame and fat fears, I get to respond from a place of fierce compassion and share what I know to be true. Continue Reading

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The Growth of Self Love…1 Package of Fruit Snacks at a Time

Go Girl!, Media, Pop Culture - Lynn Johnson - August 11, 2015

The other day while shopping, the Squirrel picked out these fruit snacks to put in her lunches to take to camp…

I actually considered it for a second.  I figured, how much harm could it do?  I am learning that anything that gets her excited to jump out of bed and into the day is usually worth it.

Then, I looked at the nutritional content and realized that these fruit snacks had just as much potential to rot her body as they do to tear down any shred of positive self-concept she has developed.  So I said “No. Not these ones, Honey.”  And I picked out these instead…

“Are the other ones too expensive, Mommy?”  Because that must be the reason, right?

“No.  The other ones are basically junk food.  These are just better for you.” And, of course, double the price of the princess ones.

Before she could argue for her selection, I jumped in.  “If you want princesses, I can give you princesses.  How about we buy these ones that I picked out and I’ll put some princesses on them?”

“How can you do THAT?!”

“Just watch.”

So, we got home and I went to my computer.  I searched “disney princesses” in Google images and found this image.  I printed it out, cut out the princesses and, with the magic of Scotch tape, we had ourselves some princess fruit snacks…

She has loved them so far.  Here is the one from yesterday that she insisted on keeping (and hanging on her wall) even after she threw out the fruit snack wrapper…

I have to acknowledge and honor the things she likes even if they are not my fave.  But, I can do it my way.  I can at least try to take advantage of her love of the princesses as an opportunity to bolster her love for herself.

You know, if I was really a badass, I would make my own fruit snacks.  How cool would that be?  Anyone have a recipe?

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