Monday, April 19, 2010

In A Nut Shell

It's no secret that I've been struggling with teaching my kids (specifically my 6 year old daughter) that people are to be valued for who they are and not what they look like. This past year she has really begun to pick up on the difference between skinny and fat and what that means socially. For the record, we are about HEALTHY at my house and this skinny/fat thing is crazy at this age or any age for that matter.

In my mini-weekend, I managed to squeeze in a quick stop at our local grocery store for a few necessities. I really love where I live. It's your stereotypical suburb and I've always thought of people as pretty down to earth...until I overhead a quick exchange between a mother and daughter.

Store Daughter: "Mom, you look SO skinny!"
Store Mom: "Ah, thanks! I love you so much!"

The store mom proceeded to give her daughter, who wasn't more than 11 years old, a big hug as they hurried down the grocery isle.

SERIOUSLY! Here I was blaming Hannah Montana (among other things) for the focus on looks and here was something I hadn't thought about. This little girl clearly knew that telling her mom she was skinny would equal affirmation; Skinny=Love.

In a nutshell, THIS is what's wrong with people!

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