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The Swimsuit – A Post About Body Confidence

Close up of blue and white striped bikini bottom on the sand with "The Swimsuit A Post About Body Confidence" text overlay.

I originally posted this in April of 2008 on my other blog: Mom On The Run. It came to my mind this week after having 6 of my girlfriends over.  We ALL have daughters turning 8 this year and they’re even more aware of the messages we send them now, then when I originally posted this 5 years ago. As Spring and summer are approaching, I felt it would be worth re-posting because my thoughts remain the same today.

I got an email last week from a friend:

Well, I did it. I bought a bathing suit.  My first one in, oh, 12 years!  Yikes.
Any one else feeling a little shy about wearing bathing suits in public?
I kinda wish I was pregnant so I’d have a valid excuse for having a tummy.  Instead, I shake my fist at Shamrock Shakes and Easter chocolate. 😉

I’ve been really thinking about her email a lot this past week. You see, as a mom to two three daughters I really have to be careful about the messages I send to them.  Being the same-sex as them, I know that they’ll look up to me and learn from me. I want my girls to be confident women and comfortable in who they are, not who society tells them they should be.  Her email made me think about my relationship with my body and my relationship with bathing suits.

Green one piece swim suit with ruffles on top of suit.

You see, I can’t think of a single article of clothing that is more truthful than the bathing suit. It doesn’t hide anything.  It doesn’t lie – all of our flaws are out there for the world to see.

But are they really flaws?  Who says they’re flaws?  Who says we aren’t supposed to have cellulite, spider veins, stretch marks, flabby bellies, love handles, back fat, moles etc…?

Where did we learn that from?

Our first social cues come from our parents, right?

So this is where I come in – if I want my girls to be confident in their bodies, then I have to be too.  I’ve decided that everyone looks good in a bathing suit, myself included.  I will wear my suit along with my cellulite, spider veins and stretch marks proudly.  My girls don’t know what looks good and what supposedly doesn’t.  All they know is that they like swimming, and they like swimming with mommy and daddy.I don’t intend to introduce them to what “looks good” ’cause I truly believe the thing that looks best on everyone is confidence.  

This summer, when I swim with my girls I will strut my stuff proudly and be the role-model I want to be for them.

Summer, here we come!

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Close up of blue and white striped bikini bottom and top, and white sun hat and sun glasses on the sand with "The Swimsuit A Post About Body Confidence" text overlay.

Paulin Soleyman

Monday 18th of March 2013

What a great message to send to your girls. You are truly doing them a big favor. I wish we could help more women become aware of these types of messages

Runninglovingliving

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Great post, we should all be happy in our own skin and show our daughters that it is okay to be proud of our body's, flaws and all!

Alison

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Awesome awesome post!

Jenn Mitchell

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Excellent post. I often feel so much more confident about my body now than I did when I was in my teens and early twenties where there was no sign of cellulite, stretch marks, etc. I was so hard on myself! I still kind of hate my cellulite, but I don't let my daughter know it. I want her to love her body and hopefully shield her from what is "accepted" for as long as possible.

Heather Montgomery

Thursday 14th of March 2013

you are such a great role model! That green suit looks super cute! Do you have it?

Janice - Fitness Cheerleader

Thursday 14th of March 2013

No - but I've been looking for something similar :)

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