Our Thoughts Become Words and Our Words Become Actions!
Over the 4th of July the girls and I got to spend time with Uncles, Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Grandmas and Grandpa!
Two of my nieces are teenagers. One is 13 and the other 16.
One day, I heard a comment from one of them in reference to her swim suit. She said, that she had "things to hide". I thought that was an interesting point of view. I think it is one that very common. Sometimes that view is acted out in hiding parts of your body that you're not happy with and other times its hiding body parts because "you're not supposed to show them".
When I say, "you're not supposed to show them", I'm not talking about modesty, but rather a feeling of shame, embarrassment or just not being able to love and feel comfortable with your body.
I suggested to her that maybe there were body parts to "cover" but not necessarily "hide". I'm not suggesting that she be comfortable baring herself in public, but that even the words we use help shape the way we think of and thus treat our body.
Our thoughts, become words and our words become actions!
As a mom this is so important to me. I don't want my girls to struggle with the body image issues I have. But if I don't take even my own thoughts captive, I will be passing on poor body imagery to my daughters.
I'd love to hear from you! How are you working to support better body image for yourself and the young girls in your life?