The truth is: my husband was disappointed when he found out we were having girls. It sounds harsh, but the reason is because he knows all the problems and drama that girls are more-likely faced with these days, including especially body image issues that lead to anorexia or worse. And as a father who dearly loves his daughters, it is an added worry and heartache in his life. As a mom who completely understands these roller coaster emotions, binge eating habits, and struggles with self-esteem, I completely agree with my husband. I am scared of all the peer pressure, media, and negative influences that are out there telling girls they are not pretty or skinny enough. This is not OK.
I don’t usually forward articles, in fact, this is the first time I am sharing an article on my website. However, my friend Jackie Ashton, who also teaches at Marin Power Yoga, published her powerful article, “Why This Mother Is Stopping It With the Cleanses, Diets,” on The Washington Post today and I feel drawn to share it. Reading this article has brought more awareness into how my own actions may be creating positive or negative examples for my girls. Teaching my girls healthy eating habits is one thing, but teaching them to love their body is another, much more important lesson.
“I am not my body. My body is an instrument that allows me to do great things in this life: to take care of my children, to be a loving friend, sister, daughter, and wife. In time, my body will decay and ultimately, it will die and dissolve into the ground. But what is inside—the true essence of who I am—will never change.” Jackie Ashton
I hope Jackie’s article speaks to you and all the women and daughters in your life. Feel free to share your responses below!