When I first became a mom, I felt proud of myself for getting back in shape in just a few short months. I worked hard to get my body back. But truth be told, it just wasn’t the same. Bodies change after they’ve housed humans in them for nine months. Mine certainly did. Still, I felt good about myself knowing that after I had kids, I could wear the same clothes as before I had kids.
But apparently that’s not good enough for my children, who are worse critics than reality show judges. See, my kids like to comment on just about everything from an outfit I’ve chosen that they don’t like to the status of my body. It’s like living with two Weight Watchers coaches who never have anything nice to say.
“You have a big tummy,” was the first fat-shaming incident I remember in my house. My then 3-year-old son treated me getting dressed like he was an audience member called on to participate. He was just being a kid, but I was left stunned and embarrassed and could only defend myself by saying, “I had a big breakfast!”
I wanted to shout, but instead I just sucked in and wondered if he was right. And then I had my daughter, who never lets a thought pass through her brain without expressing it. “When I grow up,” she asked with sincerity, “Will I have big ones, too?” I hoped she was referencing my boobs, but feared she was actually talking about my hips.
'You look ahhhmazing ... like you're going to have a baby.'
While I’m fairly confident that I’m not fat, the comments are tough to endure even though they come from kids. Even if we get our bodies back after having kids, things aren’t exactly the same. Getting fat-shamed by your own kids hits below the belt. Literally. It hits right where it hurts.
So to take the sting off of my kids commenting on my mom bod, I asked some of my favorite bloggers if they’ve ever been fat-shamed by their kids. Their responses are hilarious. Good to know I’m not alone. Thanks to these gorgeous writers for chiming in.
“My 5-year-old said she likes to poke me in the belly because it is 'so fluffy.' Thanks kid.” — Lynn Morrison, The Nomad Mom Diary
“I was at the water park and going down a slide with one of my son’s friends. He said, 'Wow, we go fast because you are so heavy!’ Super. Just super … ” — Meredith Spidel, The Mom of the Year
"'Mom has a big fat belly that is perfect for belly gongs, watch dis!’ Runs into my belly, bounces off me and falls over. 'Mom, your belly gong is too much.’ Courtesy of my 3-year-old.” — Sarah Cottrell, Housewife Plus
“You’re so jiggly when you laugh!” — Jen Kehl, Beyond Blog Design
“I’ve lost weight and had to buy new bras. My daughter grabbed my new, smaller bra and tied it around her head. ‘One cup still is bigger than my head!'” — Joy Hedding, Evil Joy Speaks
“My daughter was around 6. I was at the Grove trying on some clothes. We get into the dressing room and she yells, ‘I do not want to see you naked’ with full attitude. The entire store was hysterical." — April Peveteaux, Gluten Is My Bitch
“You’re so soft and squishy, like a pillow.” — Rachel Hebert Pavlik, Rach Riot
“We were headed to a party and I threw on an outfit one step up from shorts and a tank top. My 4-year-old asks, in wonder, 'What is that?!' I answer, 'A dress, bud. You've seen me in a dress before.' He touched the knit fabric and said, 'You look ahhhmazing ... like you're going to have a baby.' — Elly Lonon, Buggin Word
“Recently, my daughter saw a woman who was heavy in the grocery store parking lot and giggled. I reminded her that the woman wasn't much bigger than I am and she rolled her eyes. I stayed silent and planned my counterattack. The next morning, I took her to my warrior fit class and made her watch me spend an hour lifting weights, running and doing push ups. At the end of the class, she looked at me and said, 'Mom, I can't believe how much stuff you can do.' I looked at her and said, 'Sometimes heavy means STRONG, little girl.'" — Christine McDevitt Burke, Keeper of the Fruit Loops
And it turns out, dads get body critiques as well from their kids.
“My 4 year-old gave me a hug, pushed my stomach and said, 'Daddy, you are so squishy, like when I touch jelly with my hands.' — Andrew Delfino Almost Coherent Parent
Now the next time your kid comments on your bod don't worry, it doesn't mean you're fat. It does mean you're a parent. And you're not alone. So hang in there and exhale. Kids say the darndest things, right?