Teaching your kids to be body-positive can be difficult when you’re still training yourself to stop listening to the fat-shaming voice that most women have programmed in their brains. Luckily, Allison Kimmey, a mom and body-positivity advocate, has shown us how it’s done after she told her daughter that her stretch marks are called “glitter stripes,” and that they’re something a woman earns with age.
Can we get an amen?!
Kimmey wrote about the important body-positivity lesson in a Facebook post (that included an adorable photo of herself and her daughter, Cambelle).
After Cambelle asked her mommy where her stretch marks came from, Kimmey responded by saying,
After her daughter adorably responded with, “Yes, I like this one the best, it’s so glittery. When can I get some?” Kimmey continued her lesson in Loving Oneself 101, saying,
And with that beautiful interaction, stretch marks have a fabulous new name.
The truth is that Kimmey is right, Cambelle probably will get glitter stripes when she’s older because even supermodels like Chrissy Teigen have them (and love them!). So why would we ever feel bad about them? (Oh right, that little thing called the patriarchy…)
After her original glitter stripes post went viral, Allison posted a follow-up message on Facebook about talking to children about their bodies.
Imagine a world full of kids like Cambelle who grow up into adults who believe — scratch that — know that “every body is a good body!” We could live in a wonderful land of self-love and lots and lots of pizza.
We love Allison’s lesson for Cambelle and all of us, really, because we’ll never disparage our glitter stripes by calling them stretch marks again.