This week is super important to me and I pray that you will share it with every girl mom you know. Our girls notice their bodies at a very early age. It is key that we help them with their body image and confidence. We are not God. We cannot do what only God can do. We cannot take these struggles away, however we can be a positive influence. We do not have to parent out of fear of what may come their way. We do not have to live tied up in baggage from our own struggles. Let’s gather together and step forward into an area that is hard for so many of us. Imagine a group of moms and girls that were confident in exactly who God made them to be. Imagine a group of women and girls standing strong in the bodies he gave them. Strong and healthy so that they could fill out the purpose God called for their lives. It sounds impossible, but I believe we are the moms that can change the course. I am so very guilty of many of the little slip ups we discuss in this episode and I am committed to doing my part to show my girls I am proud of me. Just as I am. And I want to care for this temple he gave me.
Part 1 is today and Part 2 is next week. Praying for you all because I KNOW this topic can be deeply painful and especially painful if your child is walking through tough stuff on top of your own hurts. You are loved. Keep checking back here – I will continue to add links and resources as they come to mine. – Courtney
About Shannon Herman
Shannon has her Masters Degree in counseling psychology and has worked in the field of eating disorders since 2001. After a successful career as an LPC, she recently transitioned into life coaching working primarily with individuals and families needing extra support with anxiety, depression and all types of eating disorders. You can find more about Shannon and her work at shannonhermanconsulting.org.
Links & More Resources
- When To Have The Talks About (Sex & Body Talks)
- God Made All of Me – Kids book on body protection (great for ANY AGE)
- GREAT Music Video – You Don’t Have to Try So Hard
- Dove Campaign – You’re More Beautiful Than You Think Video
- Dove Campaign – Confidence Starts With You
- Dove Campaign – How Girls See Themselves
Two examples of photoshopping – to show your girls that MOST of what they see on Instagram and magazines is NOT REALITY.