February 13, 2024

Moms and Girls: Navigating Healthy Habits Together

Health + Fitness

Hey there, fellow moms of young girls (or girls in general)! Let’s have a heart-to-heart about something important. Our daughters are like little sponges, soaking up everything we do. They notice when we’re on a health kick, they see us weighing ourselves daily, and they’re watching as our habits change. Now, I’m not a parenting expert, but I’ve got some ideas and tips that have been working pretty darn well for me.

Growing Up with Mom’s Influence

Okay, I’ll spill the beans. When I was a kid, my mom was big into pageants, and she even held the title of Mrs. Washington when I was younger. But here’s the kicker – I had no idea she struggled with an eating disorder until later on. All I saw was her obsession with her body image. 

The Comparison Game

I went through that awkward, chunky middle school phase, and my mom was always slimmer than me. I mean, seriously, how was that even possible? But she never talked to me about it, so I was left comparing myself to her while she obsessed over her weight and exercise. It messed with my head, big time. Fast forward to getting married and having kids – my number one fear was passing on those body image issues to my own girls. 

The Surprising Perspective

Now, here’s the twist. My husband has two sisters, and from an outsider’s view, they couldn’t care less about body image. Clothes size? Nah, didn’t faze them. It was like they were living in a different world. So, when I had daughters and started thinking about shedding that post-pregnancy weight, I had to wonder: How can I teach them not to obsess about their weight while still being healthy?

The “Lead by Example” Revelation

I get it; you might be thinking, “I don’t want my daughter to see me obsess over the scale or track every bite I eat.” But here’s the flip side: Kids learn from what we do, not just what we say.   It hit me like a ton of bricks: our kids are sponges. They watch our every move and imitate our behaviors. They’re even willing to try stuff they previously hated if they see us doing it. So, while you’re thinking, “I don’t want my daughter to go through what I did,” I get it. But flip it around – do you want her seeing you hit the drive-thru daily or downing chicken nuggets every night? Probably not.

The Quest for Balance

I had to find that balance between teaching my kids healthy habits without making them freak out about it. It’s a tightrope walk, but doable. Here’s my secret sauce:

Get to the Root: Why are you really doing this? Dig deep. It’s more than just “losing weight.” It’s about wanting to be a kick-butt grandma someday, right?

Educate with Love: Get your kids involved in the “whys” of your choices. Talk about how veggies make you feel awesome, help you sleep better, and perform better at soccer.

Keep it Fun: Instead of hiding your health journey, make it a family affair. Explain why candy for dinner isn’t a great idea, and let them have a say in treat portions.

Positive Vibes: Shift the focus from looks to feeling great. Celebrate their strengths, and show them that bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

As moms, we’re shaping our daughters’ views on health and body image. Let’s break the cycle, lead by example, and give them the tools to be confident, self-loving women. Together, we’re raising a generation that knows it’s about more than just looks – it’s about being strong, healthy, and happy.

If you’re looking for more tools to use to help build healthy habits, check out my Body Confidence Academy!


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I’m Natasha Pehrson

Your ultimate hype girl and weight loss bestie! I’m a wife and mom to 4 who has lost 100 pounds by ditching diets and instead focusing on creating healthy habits and changing my overall mindset around losing weight. Get to know me.