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How cellulite made me a better parent


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The definition of Cellulite is as follows:

  • Very common
  • More than 3 million US cases per year
  • Usually self-treatable
  • Usually self-diagnosable
  • Lab tests or imaging not required
  • Chronic: can last for years or is lifelong

It reads like a disease! Is it one?  WebMD tells me it is.  Well, it’s more, it taught me a lesson a valuable one.  It taught that I’m guilty of being a hypocrite.

I have tried to instill in my daughters self-worth, a high self-esteems and “you do you boo” types of attitudes.  Go out and conquer the world, I tell them.   Because that’s what you’re supposed to do right? Well,  Until you see yourself in a bathing suit from behind!

One day while bathing suit shopping with my teen daughter (yes Xanax please) she started to have a bathing suit nervous breakdown. So trying  to avoid her going to defcon 5 I told her to “own her shit and she is beautiful, we all have parts in different sizes, everyone has cellulite!” It worked and The lovely lady in the next dressing room gave me a high five on the way out with a “Great Job Mom!”  I was on cloud nine leaving Target with a very content teen toting a cute suit!  Fast forward to family vacation, that same teen girl wanted to take some photos with my camera. Later, while editing the photos I get to the untouched beach photos (AUDIBLE GASP) I seem to be suffering from an extreme case of ….Yes Ladies “chronic, self-diagnosable cellulite chronic cellulite” In all of its un-photoshopped glory!  The worst part of this story is what do I do next.  I call her down and ask her to explain what would possess her to take these photos of my arse? I immediately saw her face fall and she said “mom you looked so pretty!” and knew In that second I passed my damaged self-image onto my daughter and my heart broke.  I work every day to repair the damage I did that day.  I  tell them how loved, strong, smart, capable and beautiful they are inside and out.

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