Public Service Announcement:
I don’t know about you but I just love taking off my clothes; not in a “sexy stripper” way but in a “liberating my body” kind of way. After a long day of work, parenting, running errands, and such, one of my favorite things to do is getting home, shutting the door and taking all the layers off – packages, accessories, clothing, shoes, undies, everything! Ahhhh what a sensational feeling of relief.
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Yes, I love being naked within the privacy and comfort of my home. Going about my chores and to-do’s without the extra weight and restrain has become part of my daily routine. As my elementary school age kids grow, their approach to my bare body changes. Of course, from infancy to their early pre-school years it didn’t even face them. As they grew a little older and became more aware of their own bodies, and of society’s views on nudity, they seemed a bit rattled by my running naked around the house, so for a long while I restricted my being completely bare for when I was home alone, and would wear undies and a tank when they were present.
Recently, I have retaken to wearing my Eve custom while my kids are around. Why? Karla is much more preoccupied with her physical appearance and the shape of her body. I’ve always shot for physical appearance not to play a significant role within our family conversations. Knowing that my children (especially my daughter) would sooner rather than later get bombarded with the narrow views of beauty that our society upholds, I wanted home to be a safe heaven in that sense. Unfortunately, media, and the opinions of family and friends force our children, girls specially, to second guess their opinion of themselves at every moment. At her young 8 years my little princess is worried that her belly is not flat enough; that just breaks my heart. So, as the most important female figure in her life, I’ve decided to model a positive personal image of myself. My goal is for her to know that although my body does not fit media’s rigid mold of “beautiful” , I think of myself as a Hot Mama, curves & love handles included. At first my kids did not know what to make of my walking around naked again; so I would just start dancing around happily, or shout out little phrases like “Beautiful Naked Mama Coming Through”; they would laugh and giggle. Now, little miss Karla walks naked around our home sometimes too, which puts a big smile on my face, seeing that she is more comfortable with her own beautiful body.
I am including a link to a heartwarming video, which is part of the Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. It’s a shame our young girls do not get more messages like this both on the media and through us, the adults in their lives.
If you have a young daughter, niece or sister, please model a positive view of female beauty by not stressing topics such as being thin, and dieting while you are around her. You will do her a huge favor and possibly prevent her from dealing with low self-esteem issues and eating disorders in the future.
Here’s a link to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website: NEDA