Saw this on Facebook tonight and wish all parents could understand.
Parents that worry or complain about their body image will teach their children to have bad self-esteem. Daughters and sons.
I am so thankful to my parents. They taught me that health and time management are important, not looks.
They (mom) taught me the reason for exercise:
"You are grumpy, go ride your bike"
"You are grumpy, go climb a tree"
"You are grumpy, go run the neighborhood"
I began to understand that exercise was for people with anger issues....
And I now run about 5 days a week!
They (dad) taught me to be low maintenance:
"Stay out of your sister's way! We are late, let's go!"
2 older sisters, one bathroom...
no mirrortime for #3!
I can get ready in 15 minutes and never look in a mirror.
They (dad) taught me that cosmetics are.....hazardous.
"Do you smell cat spray? My gosh what is that smell?" Wheez wheez.....
Gasp "I can't breathe" choking, then
"Oh, you must be wearing perfume?"
"What is on your face? Are you pretending to be a clown?.....oh, you are wearing that stuff."....... makeup
Perfume and makeup trigger my migraines, close my lungs and induce a clown anxiety.
The only awareness I have is my crazy hair....thanks to my dad.
After bungee cords, spackle and a hot iron, I get in the car. Dad looks at me,
"You forgot to brush your hair this morning"
Seriously, my parents taught me that WHO you are is the most important thing and has nothing to do with physical appearance.
Proudly, I am an easily annoyed girl with entertaining hair that hasn't needed a mirror since the first year of life!