August 15, 2018

I was that 12-year-old girl.

Hey hey all! Happy Wednesday.

A while back I got a message from a reader that broke my heart.
A worried mom who’s daughter was told she was “fat and shouldn’t eat carbs.”

This message broke my heart because I was that 12-year-old girl. That was me, staring at my thighs in the mirror and wondering, “Am I getting fat?”

And if I was getting fat, what did that mean? I was pretty sure it meant something terrible about me—that I was lazy, ugly, unlovable, unworthy. A disappointment. Disgusting.

I don’t want any girl or grown-up woman to feel that way. I don’t want my now-teenage daughter to feel that way. I don’t want yours to feel that way, either.

For all the parents out there, if you’ve been wondering, “How can I help my daughter to feel good about herself, to love her body, to build more self-esteem, and to recognize how amazing she is?”

I’ve brought this back from the archives to share some things that you can do.

You can also listen to this podcast episode all about it below.
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What if you could change a girl’s life in a positive way?

An astonishing 90% of women say that they don’t like their bodies. The self-criticism starts early. 
Girls as young as 8 years old are dieting, feeling ashamed about their size.

You & I both know:
True beauty has nothing to do with your size.

The next time you meet a young girl…

Remind her that she is brilliant, creative, and valuable.

Remind her that she can become anyone she wants to be.

Remind her that she deserves the utmost care and respect.

Remind her that she is loved.

(Give yourself all of these same reminders, too.)

Your words might plant a small seed of self-trust and empowerment.

Your words could change her life.

 

 

 

 

PS. DID YOU KNOW?

The BARE Daily community is full of women who are working body positive goodness every day?

No diets or carb restriction. No mean girls. Just a loving bunch of women who are focused on supporting each other and not tearing each other down.
I go live in the community every Monday and cover topics like pleasure, what’s going on in your environment & yes, we talk about nutrition & exercise, but in a way that lights you UP! No judgement. No rules.

That’s what we’re doing up in the BARE Daily Facebook community & enrollment is now open. Click here for deets or email support@shyatt for any questions!

XOXO,
Susan

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