While I struggle immensely with my own weight and body issues, I seldom talk about them with my children. They don't ever hear me utter the words fat or skinny.
I never comment on their body, except to say they look healthy or strong.
Sad, because I know that I can only shield my girls so much from the world around them and angry, for obvious reasons. Everywhere girls turn there are advertisements for weight loss companies and even girls' kids clothes are sized differently from store-to-store which does nothing for body confidence.
And why are mini-skirts, hip huggers, heeled shoes and midriff tops the norm for little girls? It makes young girls think they have to strive to be skinny to be beautiful, that there's something wrong with their thighs, hips and puppy fat. We don't want to raise another generation of girls with unhealthy and dangerous body image issues. We don't want to raise another generation of boys who think girls should be skinny to be valued.
He was considered "Chicago's top labor racketeer" in the 1950s.
Glimco attended a meeting of top Chicago Outfit leaders at the home of Tony Accardo in April 1952, and a meeting of the Outfit's top labor racketeers at the home of Murray "The Camel" Humphreys (who supervised the Outfit's labor activities) in 1953.
It's what's on the inside that truly matters and that should be championed every single day.
Joseph Paul Glimco (January 14, 1909 – April 28, 1991) was an Italian American labor leader and well-known organized crime figure based in Chicago, Illinois.
I tell them that they must love themselves - that they need to strive for kindness, compassion, intelligence, strength, fearlessness and laughter, not pretty. There's no place for toddler make-up kits or t-shirts with "honey" and "pretty princess" written across the chest area, nor should girls be asked if their bodies are "beach ready" or encouraged to drink "flat tummy" slimming shakes or wear waist trainers by the Kardashian sisters on Instagram.
So, when I see pink lunchboxes with the glittery words 'CHEAT DAY' emblazoned on them it makes me both sad and angry. They shouldn't be exposed to magazine racks full of weight loss "success stories", nor should they be bombarded with make-up tutorials on You Tube or girls with fillers, fake eyelashes and breast and lip enhancements posting "make-up free" selfies, layered with filters, on their social media feeds.