‘I love my Body’ Book Review

As a mother of two young girls, I feel it is so important to promote a healthy body image to them. They are growing up in a world that will constantly tell them that they are too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too loud, too quiet, too… you get the drift.

It comes as no surprise that the adolescents of today are struggling with self love and acceptance and that youth suicide is at a crisis point.

What can we do to help kids love and accept themselves?

I think there’s plenty because while all those messages they seem to be receiving are subtle, we can deliver messages to help counteract all the negatives.

One of the ways that I like to do this is through story time with my girls. Admittedly, we have been neglecting our story time a fair bit lately but when Kerry Spina asked me to check out her book, ‘I love my body,’ I was reminded of this daily opportunity that I have to connect with my daughters and tell them just how much they are loved and appreciated.

It’s not often that you come across a children’s book that has clearly been given so much love and attention prior to its release.

‘I love my body’ by Kerry Spina is no exception.

Kerry’s use of rhyme provides a musical twist that draws the reader in, eager to guess what’s coming next.

My youngest daughter, P exclaimed, ‘It rhymes, Mum!’ as we began to turn each page. Clearly, she loves a good rhyme 😉

Kerry has put a lot of time and effort into ensuring this book not only engages children through its gorgeous narration and delightful illustrations but also gives them a message of self-love and appreciation. As you begin to explore the book, you’re met with gorgeous water color pictures and an adventure of self-discovery and ultimately, self-love.

When I asked my oldest daughter, M, what she liked about the book, she stated quite simply, ‘I love the pictures! The dog is my favorite.’

M reading and enjoying the pictures

At face value, it’s easy to see the underlying motivation of writing the book – to encourage the reader to love everything about their body; their nose, their toes, their tummy, their knees and more.

A book with many layers

As you dive deeper, you can see that it is about so much more because, on a subtle level, the book explores the four seasons- much like the four seasons that come and go and on a deeper level, our emotions also ‘come and go’.

There’s a subtle message in here – our emotions can come and go but the one thing that remains is me, myself and I; isn’t this where all of our power lies?

This book draws on Kerry’s mission in life and the work that she has been engaged in for over 12 years now. As a mother and a parent mentor, at the heart of her work is connection, discipline, values, self-esteem building and resilience to name a few and all of this is summed up in this beautiful book.

‘I love my body’ is a must for every family with parents who want their children to grow up loving who they are and what they can be.

Children with complex medical conditions will love it too!

In relation to children with medical needs, I can see how this would be a wonderful resource in building their self-esteem and body love messages.

Wouldn’t you agree that a generation of children who can accept and love their body no matter what it looks or feels like, is a generation of adults who can venture into the world confidently?

To find out more about Kerry Spina and to grab a copy of her book, visit her website, Kids in Harmony.

Brooke Batchelor
Brooke Batchelor is a Paediatric Registered Nurse, qualified Primary Teacher and children’s advocate. She founded ‘The Paediatric Nurse’ website in 2015 before developing it into an online continuing professional development website for Paediatric Nurses in August 2018. She is passionate about giving children a voice in healthcare and works tirelessly towards encouraging others to further develop their child and family centred care approaches. Brooke has recently joined the Advisory Board for the Standish Foundation – a charitable organisation that promotes child & family centred care and empowers healthcare professionals through the provision of funding & resources. Previously, Brooke also sat on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare, Australia and held the Vice President position in 2017. Brooke has a keen interest in holistic healthcare and the use of complementary therapies and looks forward to a healthcare system that integrates these various modalities. As a result, Brooke has been studying towards her Yoga Teacher Certification and has almost completed a Diploma in Aromatherapy too. In addition to her business, The Paediatric Nurse, Brooke has also founded an essential oils business, Aroma Brooke, and is often found educating families on the safe and effective use of essential oils. When Brooke is not nursing, hosting webinars or teaching others about essential oils, she is spending quality time with her husband and two daughters or enjoying a yoga session with some essential oils & meditation thrown in.

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