Parenting

Why You Must Wear A Swimsuit In Front Of Your Kids

In the eyes of your children you are perfect just the way you are; which is why you MUST put on that swimsuit and embrace your body.

Why wearing a swimsuit in public is important for mums

Not only will this make your children ridiculously happy but they will realise that all bodies should be loved and shown off.

You’ll be teaching them to accept and love their own bodies and that self confidence isn’t dependent on a person’s body type or size.

Yes I know it sounds easier said than done, especially if you’re someone such as myself who grew up thinking that I would only be happy when I was void of any fat. How silly is that?

Over the years I’ve come to realise that what matters is living a healthy life, not the size of my clothes.

This doesn’t make it any easier when I trot down to the ocean for a swim with kids, or jump in the swimming pool, but the alternative is being hot and missing out on fun with my children.

We come in all shapes and sizes and this is something we need to model for our kids.

Sure we might not look like supermodels but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be proud of our bodies, especially since they have grown and birthed babies.

We are not defined by the way we look, but the way we act.

Why You Must Wear A Swimsuit In Front Of Your Kids

Children are born with a clean slate in regards to body confidence and we have to nurture that so they grow up to love themselves and treat their bodies well.

As part of this we mums must stop talking negatively about our own bodies and importantly never talk about weight in front of them.

If your children hear you saying that you’re too fat or just need to lose 5kg more, then they’ll start to think that happiness is dependent on being a certain size or weight.

Similarly, if you refuse to get on your swimsuit because you don’t like the way you look in it, they’ll start to question their own body and could become self conscious of how they appear.

If you’re still not buying what I’m selling and you’re still not convinced you should don those swimmers and get in the drink with your kids then maybe these points might convince you.

6 points to consider on wearing a swimsuit

1. Put those shoulders back, stand up tall and try faking confidence, it might just grow on you!

2. No one says you have to slowly walk to the water, run of fast walk if you feel better but just get in.

3. Wear a sarong over your swimsuit if it makes you feel better or you’ve forgotten to get rid of unwanted hair.

4. If you’re at the beach or public pool, take a good look at everyone around you, you’ll see there’s lots of different shapes and sizes.

5. Remember no one is scrutinising and judging you; truly, they’re too busy enjoying themselves.

6. If people do judge you it’s a reflection of their insecurities and says more about them than you.

We’re all about supporting your journey to wellness and implore you to love your body now, not just when you’ve reached your goal.

For a little inspiration, check out these gorgeous mama’s flaunting their swim suits.

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Emily Toxward

When former journalist Emily Toxward isn’t wrangling her three kids she’s juggling the demands writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A published writer for nearly 20 years, Emily left full-time work in 2008 to have children and write from home. Always on the go, she spends her days negotiating with an army of little people she created and visits her local Gold Coast beaches for a little sanity.