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11 Responses to Raising Healthy Daughters

  1. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama  

    Wonderful words Kate. I’m raising a son, but I am doing many of the same things. I try not to make any disparaging comments about myself or others, we talk about how everyone is different, we aren’t “clean your plate” people (although finding a balance between food that is good energy for our bodies and food that is a sweet treat has sometimes been challenging), etc. I want Kieran (and his future sibling) to grow up not only loving their own bodies, but also appreciating the many differences in people around us.
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Amy @ Anktangle  

    Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing this incredible wisdom with us for the carnival! I don’t have a daughter, but I’ve thought a lot about what I would like to teach her about love of self and body if I ever am blessed with one. I appreciate how intentional you are about the things you say to your daughters to help them avoid going down the same path you did. It’s also important (as you pointed out) not to try to steer them away from any of their natural tendencies to seek out beauty or play with adorning themselves in one way or another. Again, thank you for writing this. <3

  3. Lauren  

    I have 2 boys, and yet I still feel like there’s so much wisdom here I can use (well, and toward myself, too!). I was really touched by the affirmation you say to your daughters and would like to adopt that idea. The unconditional love of a parent means so much for self-esteem, as I know from my own life.

  4. Sarah  

    I’ve thought about these issues so many times regarding our two daughters (3.5 and 18 months). I, too, have struggled with such things and I DO NOT what them to struggle. I love this article. I’m bookmarking it for sure. I love all the tips you give. I really need to be careful about what I say in front of my beauties! 🙂 Thank you so much!! <3\

  5. Nada @ miniMOMist  

    Wow, Kate, that is such a raw and powerful testimony. Thank you for sharing. I dealt with similar thoughts recently (though I have never developed an eating disorder) and determined that, while I don’t really want to focus on my weight, I felt it was important for me to strive to be healthy instead of thin. And that is the image and lesson I hope to instill on my daughter.

  6. Gretchen  

    I love all your tips for mama’s of daughters – I’ll definitely be using these!

  7. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama  

    This is an amazing post. I think every parent of daughters needs to print this out, post it on the fridge, carry it on their person, and refer to it a lot. The pressure on women and girls is worse today than it was when I was young. I am sure my mother sees the same thing. Body image was so different in the 50’s when my mother was a teenager and it was so different for me, growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. The pressure to look a certain way and be a certain size is very intense and girls as young as 2 are being forced into dieting and other ridiculous image conscious activities. Makes me sick. Thank you for such a powerful, raw post!

  8. jaqbuncad

    Thank you for sharing these. I’m working to ensure that my own children understand that every body is unique, and that none is inherently less valuable than another. It’s so difficult! There are so many messages in US American society that promote the idea that some kinds of bodies (and some types of people) are worthier than others, and sometimes it feels like an overwhelming task to ensure that they understand that every person has inherent worth and dignity simply for existing, no matter how they look or sound or smell.

  9. Amy  

    Kate, it’s lovely to read your insights here! 🙂 Thank you for sharing them; they are all pertinent and definitely what I strive for in the relationships I have with my children.

  10. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry  

    Thank you for the reminder that children naturally love their bodies and are proud of them. Its the parents that lay our insecurities on them. We need to be conscious of this to stop the cycle. A great read – thank you.

  11. Hannah Barnhorn  

    Wow – how often did I hid behind an exterior growing up (and how often do I still…)