"Mom, I'm fat," Rachel Simmons' seven-year-old daughter told her while looking in the bathroom mirror and poking at her stomach. As a mom, she was at a loss for words. Simmons is a motivational speaker who teaches empowerment programs for girls, but found herself in the same shoes as many parents who have children with body woes.
Simmons shares on her blog how she tried to explain to her daughter that she is beautiful and that her body will grow and change, but that her daughter's opinion remained the same. Finally, Simmons took off her own clothes so that they were both naked, and talked about women's empowerment while she sang songs. Her daughter's mood lifted, and though Simmons doesn't know if her mind changed, she was given a reminder as a parent: "I must continue to infuse myself and my children with bold confidence. I must check in, ask questions, take the time. I must build and undo. I must be open and genuine."
What messages have you shared with your daughter about body image?