One of the first things that is traded in upon earning a mommy badge is yourself. Your body changes, your priorities shift, and your time management system has an entirely new category that trumps all others. Although a major part of you will be forever changed, and a new identity discovered, you’ll also quickly realize how important it is to hold onto the friendships that mean so much.
Posts Tagged ‘self-esteem’
Everyday we see, hear, and discuss the negativity surrounding women’s body image and self-esteem in our modern day society. Constantly we are bombarded with articles, books, and commentary about how we need to build up our young women, help them develop a strong sense of self-confidence, and do away with all the sexualized images of the female body in order to improve our young girl’s feelings of inadequacy. All of this could not be more true, but we need to first turn the mirror to ourselves and see where these perceptions are stemming from.
Now that the school year has begun in most of the United States, parents are back to the daily battle of what not to wear to school each day. Only these episodes don’t feature a sarcastic Stacey or fashionable Clinton holding a gift card for an all-expenses paid shopping spree. No- these episodes feature crying children (or teenagers), a plea for the coolest new shoes, a search for a translator for the school’s dress code, and parents throwing money down the proverbial drain. And, every year parents all over the country wonder why their local schools don’t switch to uniforms thereby ending the argument as to why your ten year old can’t have those $150 pair of shoes everyone else has or getting a call that your daughter (yes, only your daughter) is out of dress code. So educators and politicians, we are here to tell you- we want uniforms!
It’s swimsuit season, usually a dreaded time for women everywhere, except for the ones whose bodies we ogle over, whose Instagram pictures we stare at until our eyes bleed, and those who make us feel like no matter how many hours we put into the gym or how many calories we count we will never amount to their bikini-goddess-role-modelness. What if this summer though, we learn how to embrace the body we’ve been graciously given, we try instead to become healthier rather than 6 pack toned, we enjoy our family and friends instead of living in the pit of gym-hell, and we tell ourselves a few things before getting into our swimsuit that might actually build us up instead of tear us down.
Two words: Bubble Wrap. In today’s media-saturated in-your-face world, most of us would probably love to wrap our little ones in bubble wrap — protecting their bodies from all harm, their hearts from all the ugliness the world sometimes has to offer, and their minds from all thoughts of inadequacies or messages of you’re just not _____ enough (fill in the blank) that can be found lurking around every corner of society.
Unfortunately, we can’t wrap our children in bubble wrap (though we’re sure they would be willing participants), but we can set them up with the right tools to face adversities and be able to bounce right back and push on through when life — people, school, careers, love — gets tough and the stress of it all becomes too much.
If you were asked what would one thing be that you would change about your body, you’d probably come up with something pretty quick. This usually roots from being teased as a kid, clothes not fitting “properly” or seeing an unrealistic airbrushed advertisement and thinking, I wish I could look like that.
Most adults haven’t been comfortable in their skins for some time. Most likely since they were kids, which this video proves to be very true.
After watching this video, would you still change something that bothers you about your body? Or are you a bit humbled?
“Me help? Me help?” If you’re a mother to a toddler, you are all-too-familiar with this question and your child’s desire to help you with every single task you do each day. Toddlers are innately curious and extremely altruistic – they genuinely get a great deal of joy out of helping others, especially their parents. The trouble arises when toddlers want to help with chores or projects that are not developmentally appropriate for them, usually meaning the chore is dangerous for toddlers, or requires fine/gross motor skills that they simply haven’t mastered yet.
Do you dread swimsuit season? There are a few postpartum body issues you can easily hide the rest of the year. T-shirts and yoga pants are much more forgiving than a bathing suit. But, the last thing you want to happen is for your insecurities to ruin a fun day at the pool. We found the perfect postpartum swim suit for you, from Aerin Rose, so save your time and skip searching the mall.