This post was written by Erin Palinski-Wade
Summer is officially here! If you are like most overly stressed out moms, you’re probably experiencing a mix of glee and dread all at the same time. The longer, less structured days allow for a bit more freedom without the craziness of running from one activity to the next. Yet at the same time, all of that lounging out by the pool means that you better have your bikini body ready.
Did you know you already have a bikini body? Yes you do!
I swear whether you put on the TV, the radio, or flip open a magazine, everyone is asking you the same question – are you ready for swimsuit season? Well I have news for you. If you have a body and you own a swimsuit, squeeze that body no matter what size it is into your swimsuit and BAM! just like that you’re ready for swimsuit season. It doesn’t matter if you are a size 2, or a size 22. Own your body, love your body, and go enjoy that pool.
I don’t think there’s a single woman (or man for that matter) in the world who can’t find something about their body in a swimsuit that they’d like to change. Maybe they feel too skinny, too big, have stretch marks they’d like to hide, wish they had more muscle…. the list can go on and on. The point is, we all have insecurities, but letting those insecurities hold you back from doing something you enjoy isn’t healthy. Focusing on body insecurities can also send the wrong message to our children.
If you want your children to love their bodies, you have to start by loving yours
Your son or daughter thinks of you, their mother, as the most wonderful and beautiful woman in the world. They want to grow up to be just like you. If you call yourself ‘fat’ or constantly focus on what you dislike about yourself, they may also start to become body focused and worry about their own physical appearance. Over time, this can even lead to lower self-esteem or disordered eating patterns. As hard as it may be, you owe it to yourself and to your children to love your body no matter what your size so that they too will love theirs.
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