What do you do when your 8 year old says this?
Monday, November 26, 2012
So the other day I was just done on my elliptical and went downstairs to enjoy the company of my children. I was sitting on the couch cuddling my oldest when she says to me 'Mom do you think I'm skinny enough?'.
I was at a loss for words on that one! I suffered from anorexia when I was 16 and had been starving myself since I was 8. My daughter does not know this about me and I wonderd if I should share it with her.
So in answer to her question I said 'You are the perfect size for you. Big or small, fat, skinny, plump or anything else you are the perfect size because no matter what I love you for who you are'. Apparently a few girls in her class are obsessed with their size. I will not let this happen to my daughter if I can help it!
Since being on Spark my daughters have seen me go through quite a bit. I will not hide this journey from them because it's about me getting healthy and fit for life. I help them with their school lunch and encourage a fruit and veggie and they aren't allowed anything like cookies in their lunch. That stuff is for home, after dinner when I give permission. I know booo mom lol. I have even caught my oldest reading the lables to her younger sister!
But this new adventure I'm not sure what to do on. My daughter is 8 years old and weighs 48 lbs. She's happy, healthy and eats very well in proper portions! How can you get it through an 8 year old's head that she is perfect no matter what and it's not the size that matters? Especially when her mom is over weight and is trying to get fit???