Saturday, July 2, 2011

Swimsuit fear...

(kinda wish just a little bit that this was still what swimwear looked like)

I had an "AHA" moment this week. I was talking with a friend about the HEAT of the summer (today it was 114 folks!) and how to stay cool and keep kiddos entertained. That led to a conversation about getting in a swimsuit..which so happens to be not very fun for me or many other Mommys I think right? or is it just me?? I feel so self conscious at the pool (remember this post?)

But then I realized....my kids could care less about what I look like in a swimsuit. All they want is for me to be there with them, watching the jump off the side, swimming underwater for the first time, blowing bubbles and laughing and smiling. I want them to remember me as the Mom who is THERE where they are, doing what they love...not the Mom who is too self-conscious about her body to put on the dreaded swimsuit (besides, what message does that send to them about body image?). It just doesn't matter...it's not about ME anymore, it's about THEM!

3 comments:

Danielle said...

I love this! As a YW presidency we decided that we would not share our body image issues with the YW. We also decided that any sort of swimming activity we would wear our suits proudly. The girls said, excitedly,"Our leaders have never gone swimming with us before!" It's been so liberating:)

Rachael said...

Great post! Its so true...they could care less what we look like..as long as we are in the pool with them playing they don't care!!

Laura@livingabigstory said...

Thanks for the reminder!