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
"'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
“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
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
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
it turns out, dads get body critiques as well from their kids.
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
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?