No matter how much I modeled and taught her about radically accepting herself and her body, I knew that the misogynist, ableist and fatphobic conditioning around our bodies would seep its way into her young brain.
Last night we were reading a book about her changing body and what to expect. It was a great jumping off point to open up a safe space for her to ask questions and to have open and vulnerable talks with me.
She was looking through the book and I patiently waited to see what was going to come up for her.
She looked at me with her big green eyes and I could hear the vulnerability in her voice as she asked, “Mommy, is it normal to not like parts of your body?”.
I was dreading and hoping she would never ask this question.
But at the same time I’m a realist and I know the world we live in. I work with clients every day who, after decades of hating...