27 July 2012
Teaching self esteem?
In a hostel in Marseilles, France, 2006
I've just been going through old photos for an up-coming post and something struck me.
How do you teach someone to have a healthy self-esteem?
I have always thought I was fat. Always. Well, as far as I can remember being aware of what I looked like, anyway. I thought I had a big, wobbly tummy. Right since my tweens. And yet, I look back at photos of myself, even from only 4-6 years ago (pre-children!), and see how gorgeous I actually was.
(L) Outside the Coliseum, Rome, 2006 and (R) Roman Forum ruins, 2006.
How did I never see that?
'Driving' a bus during a youth group 'Amazing Race', 2006
And it gets me thinking about my own daughter. I don't want her to grow up thinking she is less than the beautiful person God made her - inside AND out. If she ends up with my figure and not her Papa's, I don't want her to have hang ups about it. But how do I teach her what a healthy self-esteem looks like if I don't possess one myself? Any ideas?
Holocaust memorial, Berlin, Germany, 2006.