This my world. I'm me. I love beautiful creatures. I love soft skin, stars,and the ocean. I could fall in love with anyone.
Yesterday each of my three nieces asked if they could have one on one time with me to discuss some things privately that they had been turning over in their precious little minds. The youngest is six. The tv was on while we were talking and that Lipozene commercial came on.
"TeeTee do you need that?" she asked.
"I do," she said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because I’m fat."
"The kids at school say I’m fat and they have really skinny bodies. I just feel fat and I need to lose some weight,” she said, looking everywhere but at me.
"Aw. Baby you’re not fat," I said consolingly.
"Yes I am," she said, "Everybody calls me fat. Even my dad."
"And that bothers you?" I asked gently.
"Yeah," she said quietly.
"Well… if you were fat… could I do THIS!!!!!!" I said, scooping her up and tickling her.
She erupted into a fit of giggles and the crisis was momentarily averted, but it stuck with me. Parents need to start emphasizing to their kids the importance of loving their body. They need to remind their kids that bullying is not okay. I know too many people with eating disorders and body image complexes. When I was six, the LAST thing I was worried about was my weight or my body. From now on I wanna see some positive reinforcement. Say something nice to your kids. Teach them to say nice things too. It’s that simple… also: the next first grader that calls my niece fat is meeting me in the school parking lot at 3:30. Lol. Anyways, have a blessed day and teach your kids not to be assholes. Thanks.