What I Said When My Daughter Asked to Touch My ‘Squishy’ Belly

What did I want to hear coming from their mouthes? Whatever it was, it needed to be coming from mine first.

I now have four daughters with four different shapes. From boney to booty; from slim to not-so-much.

And they are all beautiful. Of course they are! But I need to do more than just tell them that; I need to model that.

Ladies, we have great bodies!
That’s right, GREAT BODIES!

What makes a body great?

I’ll tell you what makes mine great.

I slogged out of bed this morning and my legs didn’t buckle but they took me to the kitchen where my hands made eggs for my family.

My neck swiveled 6,000 times, turning from one kid to the next to answer questions.

My shoulders carried groceries, my lips made boo-boos vanish, my elbows bent in tricky ways to reach the kid in the carseat behind me. These thighs? Let’s just say, my kids want them on their kickball teams.

A great body? Why, yes I do. 

A model might have a great body for her job, but so do I.

And so do you.

Mom friends, our bodies were not designed to be looked at but to do great things. They were created for hugging and adventure and nurturing and for action!I want my daughters to grow up knowing their design and appreciating their bodies for what they can do, not how they appear.

It needs to start right here with me and my great body.


This article originally appeared at CarissaYoder.com.

Carissa Yoder
Carissa Yoder
Hi, I'm Carissa and I (usually) love my chaotic life. I want to blame my seven kids and my farming husband but it's really God's fault because he keeps asking us to follow him. I love adventure, traveling and raising powerful kids. And parents. I think we parents pretty much rock. Find me blogging at CarissaYoder.com.

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