Thursday, April 24, 2014

Our Ridiculous Standard of Beauty

I have 2 teen daughters, and a 20 year old son and have tried to make sure that they feel beautiful/handsome, smart, specially-gifted by God and loved no matter what.
The media is the enemy! No, not really but after seeing this article on Upworthy, (all teens much spend the 1minute to watch this) it makes me want to make sure they KNOW that what they're seeing in magazines isn't real! I don't want them to compare themselves with pictures in magazines or wish their skin was perfect like theirs, had more muscle definition, or their hair was straighter, curlier, longer, thicker, etc. I could go on and on.
What I want them to know is that God made them exactly the way He wanted and he doesn't make mistakes. I want them to know how to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of what He gave them.
(I'm still learning the healthy lifestyle thing....)
I'll be showing this video to my kids ASAP! I'm sure I'll get a couple of eye-rolls and "I KNOW, mom" but I think it's a good reminder to all of us me.
When we look in the mirror, we need to say something GOOD about ourselves. As I am fully in my 40's, I find myself looking in the mirror and sighing deeply. You know the sigh...the "this is as good as it gets" sigh?
Note to self: You've earned every stretch mark on your body (thank you pregnancies) and link on your face (thank you gravity).

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