It’s been five years since I first wrote about putting on a swimsuit and going swimming with your kids, but I continue to receive emails and comments about that post. I decided it was time to revisit the topic – with some new and old thoughts.
You’ve got two choices every summer – to put on a swimsuit or to skip it.
I have a lot of friends who do the latter.
They go to the pool with their kids, but they only put their feet in the pool. They sit on the sidelines, too concerned about what they look like and what others will think to embrace the joy of swimming with their kids.
Or they go to the beach, but stay under the umbrella instead of running into the ocean.
And it makes me incredibly sad.
Because when women stay on the sidelines because of insecurity, we are modeling unhealthy behavior to our children and we are missing out.
Your swimsuit does not define you.
That soft tummy you are trying to hide? Has stretched and grown life.
Those thighs that have long lost their gap? Gave you the strength to carry that beach ball for 9 months, then walk with life hanging on your hips for years after.
You are a mother. You are beautiful.
Don’t wear a veil of shame this summer. Put that swimming suit on.
When we went to the beach in April, I weighed a few pounds more than I wanted to. But you know what?
I put my swimsuit on anyway and RAN INTO THE OCEAN with my kids.
SOURCE: Jessica Turner
The Mom Creative