‘Trying on old clothes, I caught myself pointing out all my flaws in the mirror. Then I saw Rosy’s reflection watching me.’: Mom vows to practice body positivity for daughter

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“My daughter is watching and listening. She hears me when I say negative things about my body. She can tell when I feel self conscious and uncomfortable out in public.

Rosy was hanging out in my room the other day while I was trying on old clothes. I caught myself pointing out all my flaws in the mirror and then saw her reflection watching me.

Horrified, I turned on some music and danced around with her while I tried on the rest of my clothes.

I don’t want her to feel that her body image is so important or that her size matters. So why do I care about my image so much? Why do I pick apart my body instead of embracing and loving it?

It’s time for me to set a better example for Rosy so loving herself and knowing her self worth comes naturally.

My favorite body positivity quote currently: ‘Loving your body only when it’s in perfect shape is like loving your kids only when they are well-behaved.’”

Single adoptive mom holds one of her daughters while smiling at her, both in bathing suits
Courtesy of Kathleen Sarb

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