Aussie mum’s body positive message is the post we all need to read today

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Australian blogger Olivia White continues her excellent crusade to promote positive body image and she wants other parents to sit up and take notice.

 

I read something a while ago that struck a cord – "The truth is, many of us are in abusive relationships with our bodies, internally beating ourselves up every time we gain a few pounds, externally jeopardizing our health with crash diets, binge eating, even serious surgeries. Poor body image is passed on like a computer virus from mother to daughter, its disadvantages well documented: low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, smoking (weight control being a major factor in the rise of smoking among teenage girls), and eating disorders—which can kill." From the queen herself, Oprah! #praise Fostering positive body image is so much more important than we think. In a modern era, where children are so accesible through modern technology and media platforms it's easy to blame everyone else – but it starts at home! It starts with us! Their first and most important role models! Some days I may be critical, I may not think my body is perfect! But to her I am a queen, a goddess, to her I'm everything, to her I'm perfect! And that's all that matters! 😊

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Wake-up call

The House of White blogger posted a photo of herself to Instagram earlier today, snuggling up to baby Theodora, both in various states of undress.

Alongside the snap, the mum-of-two wrote a short essay detailing one of her body positivity heroes and stressing it’s not only the swears that the little eyes and ears in our charge take in. Our attitudes to body shapes and appearance are being soaked up too.

“I read something a while ago that struck a cord,” Olivia posted, followed by this wake-up call quote from Oprah Winfrey.

“The truth is, many of us are in abusive relationships with our bodies, internally beating ourselves up every time we gain a few pounds, externally jeopardizing our health with crash diets, binge eating, even serious surgeries. Poor body image is passed on like a computer virus from mother to daughter, its disadvantages well documented: low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, smoking (weight control being a major factor in the rise of smoking among teenage girls), and eating disorders—which can kill.”

It starts with us

Olivia pointed out that while the media and impossible beauty “standards” have much to answer for when it comes to body acceptance, parents also need to examine the messaging they might be imparting to their kids at home.

Many of the attitudes kids form about their bodies are a direct result of how we talk about and view our own.

Olivia’s rallying her followers to be the best body-accepting champions they can be, if not for ourselves, then for the sake of the littlies who are watching and learning.

“Fostering positive body image is so much more important than we think. In a modern era, where children are so accessible through modern technology and media platforms it’s easy to blame everyone else – but it starts at home! It starts with us! Their first and most important role models!”

Committed campaigner

It’s not the first time this ace mum has sought to celebrate and champion the skin we are in. Olivia has been refreshingly open about documenting her own changing body through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

While she says some days it takes a bit of effort to love the skin she’s in, she’s reminded that in her daughter’s eyes, everything is exactly as it should be and 1000 percent loveable.

“Some days I may be critical, I may not think my body is perfect! But to her I am a queen, a goddess, to her I’m everything, to her I’m perfect! And that’s all that matters!”

 

Having a cesarean birth was certainly not in my plans, but for reasons beyond my control that's how my first baby was born. And it ultimately meant she entered this world healthy and safe, and I shouldn't shamed for that or told I didn't 'give birth'! I then decided to have an elective cesarean, and that's my choice and I have the right to make that choice and should not be shamed for that either! Whether you birth your baby naturally or require medical intervention! Whether you have pain relief or give birth listening to Mozart in a pool of petal laced water and have your placenta dried and bottled to use as seasoning on your steak! It's all bringing new life into the world and that is a wonderful thing that should be celebrated! How you get it done should not define you, it doesn't make you and more or less of a mother! We thankfully live in a time where we have access to such medical assistance that can ultimately save the life of a baby and it's mother, when in times past it has meant they may have died in child birth! Sadly something that can still happen in some poorer countries in this day and age! Not to mention that pregnancy, birth and having children is already an extremely life-altering and emotional experience! When your birth, for whatever reason, doesn't go to plan it can cause or exacerbate ones already fragile state! We are all mothers, and we should love and support one another no matter how our babies are born, especially when it can already have left someone inadequate and disappointed! Embrace your scars, don't apologise for the drugs, coat your steak in as much placenta as you like and don't, for a second, feel like you have to explain yourself to anyone!! 📸 @catherinemeyerphotographer

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