This morning I read an article in the NY Time Magazine section - The Fat Trap - Please check it out...
OH MY GOD! I have a daughter...I want her to have a healthy body image and love the way she looks...I also want her to eat healthy and be active but without obsessing over either of these things. This got me thinking about my own self image and my relationship with food & exercise and all that. I have always been pretty fortunate - My first time dieting was after I gave birth. Prior to that I always maintained a healthy body weight (it definitely fluctuated quite a bit - hence the various pant sizes in my closet) but more importantly, I've always had a prety good self esteem. But I also had a mother who when I came home from college freshman year said "you put on a few..." - Some of you may gasp at this - but in my family honesty is the best and only policy. And I cared (and still care) about my mother's opinion, so what did I do that summer after gaining the freshman 15?? I watched what I ate - I did not obsess over it - I was aware of it. Two very different things. And my mom let me know when I looked like myself again.
I think the best parenting is by example. I hope that I can teach Jenna to be proud of her body regardless of her size, but also be aware of what she's putting into it and staying active. And I think all this starts now which is part of the reason I try to offer her lots of healthy snacking options (which is probably better for me to - I certainly don't need to be eating her cheeze-it leftovers) and try to keep her as active as possible.
Read the article...what are your thoughts??