By Korin Miller, Photography courtesy of Instagram
And her daughter’s reaction is SO sweet.
You probably do what you can to be as body positive as possible, but some things in life—like, cough, stretch marks—make it harder than others. Now, one mom is showing that perception is everything when it comes to accepting your imperfections.
Health coach Allison Kimmey broke it all down in a Facebook post that’s gone viral. In her post, Allison recalls a conversation she had with her daughter while they were at the pool. Allison’s daughter asked about the stretch marks on her stomach and her response was amazing: “Well, when I was a little older than you, I got some stripes when I grew really fast! And some of these stripes are from when I had you growing in my tummy.”
Allison also called her stretch marks “shiny and sparkly.” Her daughter’s response: “I like this one the best, it’s so glittery,” she said, adding, “When can I get some?” (Allison told her daughter she’d get her own “glitter stripes” when she’s a little bit older.)
“It matters how we talk to our daughters about our bodies,” Allison concludes. “They are listening. They are asking. And it is up to YOU to help them shape how they will feel about these things!”
People applauded Allison in the comments, sharing their own stories—both positive and negative. “I was a putting a belt on recently and a little of my stomach showed,” one woman wrote. “My 10-year-old son looked at my stomach and said that’s my favourite part of you mom.. those marks are love marks.. bc they came from my brother and me growing in your stomach.”
Another talked about how it’s important to talk to little boys about body positivity, too, and shared this story: “One day I was changing my clothes, my oldest asked if he had bumps on his butt (dimples). I laughed and asked why. He said I like your bumpy butt.”
This isn’t the first time Allison has preached about body positivity—she regularly posts messages on Instagram about how size doesn’t matter:
Does being smaller make you a better person? No Does weighing less make you nicer? No Does wearing a smaller size make you smarter? No Does gaining weight make you lose all that was good about you? No So then why are we all so deathly afraid of fluctuating sizes and shapes? It doesn’t change your worthiness. And it doesn’t change the fact that you’re loved. I’ve learned more than I could even begin to tell you in between these 4 dress sizes that I would never ever want to lose out on. Sending love to anyone struggling with weight gain, a new body after motherhood or just finding it hard to love yourself in general! You’ll get there babe! And if you need help, check the link in my bio! Just do you! Xoxo Allie
Who decided that I shouldn’t feel confident in this body? Who decided that I shouldn’t feel empowered in this body? Who decided that I should be ashamed of my cellulite, my size, my rolls, my stripes? Who decided that I shouldn’t feel encouraged to take up space and be seen? I don’t know who decided that, but I do know that I choose each day to not heed the expectations of society’s standards. I do know that I deserve to exist. I do know that I am worthy of happiness and love. And I know that you are too. Just do you babes! Xoxo Allie
Clearly, Allison is on to something really powerful here.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com