Mom Responds Perfectly After Daughter Calls Her Fat

Kids say the darndest things.

Children typically have no filter, especially when it comes to noticing the differences in others’ appearances. It’s understandable, they simply don’t know any better. It’s up to their parents to teach them about being body positive and one mother, Allison Kimmey, has now become a role model for raising kids right.

Kimmey is a self-help author who writes about topics like self-love, self-care and personal empowerment. She recently shared a photo on Instagram of her reaction when her daughter called her fat.

The picture featured her and her four-year-old daughter in bathing suits on the beach. She captioned the photo, “My daughter called me fat today. She was upset I made them get out of the pool and she told her brother that mama is fat.”

Instead of getting angry, Kimmey decided to have a “chat” with both of her children. She explained to them that everyone has fat, but each person has different amounts. Some have a lot and some don’t have very much, but that doesn’t make one person better than the other.

Kimmey continued:

“Fat is not a bad word in our house. If I shame my children for saying it then I am proving that it is an insulting word and I continue the stigma that being fat is unworthy, gross, comical and undesirable. Since we don’t call people fat as an insult in my household, I have to assume she internalized this idea from somewhere or someone else. Our children are fed ideas from every angle, you have to understand that that WILL happen: at a friends house whose parents have different values, watching a tv show or movie, overhearing someone at school- ideas about body image are already filtering through their minds. It is our job to continue to be the loudest, most accepting, positive and CONSISTENT voice they hear. So that it can rise above the rest.”

Kimmey has had a rough past struggling with restrictive eating, yo-yo dieting and body dysmorphia. She wants her Instagram account to inspire her followers with her journey of self-love. The author admits that she is careful with the media she consumes and really tried to filter what her children are exposed to, but acknowledges that she can’t shelter them from everything.

Kimmey told Huffington Post,Your children are going to visit friends’ houses. Your children are going to hear nasty comments in school. Your children are going to consume the perfection ideal being shoved down their throats at every corner… and that is why it HAS to be a constant at home that you’re keeping an open dialogue to build up their confidence, keep a clear and realistic body image idea, and to embrace their own uniqueness while empowering them to be accepting of the differences of all humankind.”

She previously made news with her empowering style of parenting. Back in March, people were talking about a conversation Kimmey had with her daughter about stretch marks. She called them “shiny,” “sparkly,” and “pretty” and acknowledged them as “glitter stripes.”

Kimmey now has a soon-to-be-published children’s book called Giltter Stripes.

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