Unfortunately, body image is often one of the biggest concerns for young girls in our society. While this is slowly beginning to change, many kids are still exposed to unrealistic physical standards. That being said, it’s extremely vital that they have someone in their life who shows them that they are beautiful just the way they are.
One mom from Missouri is adament about setting this type of body positive image for her daughter and her recent Facebook post is going viral for just that reason.
In a recently viral Facebook post, dedicated mom Brittney Johnson acknowledges the effect her body image has on her daughter.
See that sweet baby girl in the corner? With half a dress on and one of the bikini tops I had picked out? I stopped for a second to see what she would say and when she turned to the mirror, she said “Wow I just love cheetah print! I think I look beautiful! Do you think I look beautiful too?!”..when it hit me that she only says what she hears. What she sees. I tell her that she is beautiful every single day. She is kind walking through the mall, because I tell her she is kind everywhere else. She is polite at the order counter because she hears me when I’m polite to strangers everywhere. She gives compliments to people she doesn’t know because she loves how it feels when she hears them.. And when we are in a dressing room, with swimsuits of all God forsaken things, there is a split moment when I have the power to say “wow I have really gotten fat this year” OR “wow I love this coral color on me!” And those are the words burned into my daughters brain.
Johnson points out how much her daughter is affected by the actions and words her mother says—whether it be manners or kindness—or an extension of her own body image.
Since sharing, Johnson’s post has garnered more than 280K likes and hundreds of supportive comments.
Johnson told HuffPost that she was overwhelmed and truly touched by the responses. She also values the opportunity to connect with other like-minded parents.
“It has been such a great reminder that we are all on the same team, have the same fears and ultimately want the same thing for our children ― love,” she explained. She added, “For every mean comment that I’ve received about my body, I’ve received at least a thousand positive comments, and I have to say that gives me a little more faith in humanity than when I started.”
Johnson also noted that she has become a strong proponent for self-love.
“I’m a mom but I am a lot of other things too. I’m a friend and a woman, and I think that sometimes going through the motions of being a momma drowns out the time to be all of the other things too,” she said. “I hope people can read my post and then look at themselves and say, ‘Here I am, and I am beautiful just the way I am.’ I hope people take away from it that our kids should know self-love and will only learn it if we take the time to teach it to them.”