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You know it’s that time of year again.
When Dove asked me; “Have you ever stopped doing what you love because of how you feel about your body?” The first thing that popped in my head was this;
I stopped going to the pool with my kids.
My soon-to-be-5-year-old son keeps asking me to go to the pool, and I keep procrastinating actually taking him. Because I can’t fit into my swimsuit.
I’m sure lots of women go through this same agony during swimsuit season.
I actually love swimming pool. Who doesn’t, really. My son loves swimming, both my kids do – my older one is 15 and he will be training for Bronze Cross for lifesaving soon.
My younger son goes to swimming lessons with his daycare, and occasionally goes to the pool with his dad, too. But he wants to go to the pool WITH ME too.
His wish is completely valid, and I WANT to go to the pool with him too. How fun would it be! But I am hesitant because I can’t fit into my swimsuit, darn it.
When Dove asked the question above, I really had to think, Why? Why am I so reluctant to go to the pool, and why do I care so much about how I look?
I always, always strive to be a good role model for younger people. Especially for girls. I’m a huge advocate for putting yourself out there. I even jokingly call myself Fearless Peerless.
What kind of message I will be sending out to young girls if I stop doing what I love to do, because of what way I feel about my body?
So I promise here. I will start going to the pool with my son. I will not worry about how I look and I am going to enjoy the time I have with my kids. Because you know what? Life is too short. I should enjoy the time I have with my son while he still wants to hang out with me.
I also strive to be the person who walks the talk. I strive to be fearless. And I strive to be Unstoppable. Then I shall not worry about my body.
I dare you to be Unstoppable too.
Unstoppable Moms for Unstoppable Girls Contest: Share how you inspire girls to reach their full potential.
Did you know 6 out of 10 girls avoid activities because they feel badly about the way they look? However, when girls have a role model at home, they are less likely to let anxiety about their looks hold them back.
More often than not, this role model is Mom.
Long before peer pressure kicks in, Mom’s behavior shapes who their daughters are and who she will become.
Are you an unstoppable mom? Share YOUR story about a time when you thought about quitting an activity you loved because of how you felt about your body and let them know how you think moms/role models can better support girls to participate in activities. You have until June 13, 2013 to enter. You could win $2,500 for yourself and $2,500 will be donated to help raise a girl’s self-esteem.
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