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.’
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,
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.