A Mother’s Love
First off I want to say, “Happy Mother’s Day” to all you Mommas out there! Whether you are a pet mom, little human mom, stepmom, a mother currently waiting or praying to be blessed with a child, lost a child, foster mom, or are an adoptive mom, you all rock!!! You are all truly special and unique! I know how special it is to be a mother and have your world forever changed.
At first, I was going to post photos of families I've photographed in the past, or perhaps maternity images, but when I was hunting for photos of my girls and me it was tough! I'm always preaching for you to show up and be present in life and I was having a difficult time seeing myself practicing that! I've got lots of selfies LOL and a whole ton of photos of just the kids!!!! It's time we all start jumping in the photo AND even ask someone else to take a few photos for us once in awhile. You know, those really amazing and fun action shots you get of the kids?! Yep, those, get in some of those this year! Promise me, no, promise yourself - you will not regret it!
We do a lot for our children and sometimes we don’t even realize the things we do. The way we talk about ourselves, talk to each other, and to our children all has an impact on them. If they grow up constantly hearing us complain about our bodies or how we aren’t enough then they will grow up believing those same things. It’s something we don’t always think about but then once it’s brought to our attention we realize how true it is. We must be that example for our children on how to talk and treat ourselves and our bodies. We should be teaching them how we are all unique, special and different sizes but all deserve love and happiness! Hearing positive affirmations will instill in them those same thoughts and beliefs. So let’s try to talk positively about ourselves and about/to others. It won’t be easy but let’s try to hold each other accountable and remind ourselves that we can be the start of positive change.
The other part of being the start of this change is in how we care for ourselves. We don’t only have to try to instill in them the positive thoughts and beliefs but also, teach them through examples of how to take care of themselves. We need to try to show them that taking care of ourselves is mightily important! This is both your physical and mental health. We should be able to raise them to understand how vitally important all of these things are.
For the physical aspect, we can help steer them in the right direction by showing them how good eating right, exercising and resting are. We should be doing our best to guide them by teaching them that proper nutrition can fuel us. Exercising with our kids even if it’s a walk in the park, a bike ride or simply going to the pool can teach them exercising doesn’t have to be a chore or something that is dreaded. Just as important is trying to get them to realize it’s just as okay and healthy to rest and be lazy when needed or even wanted. Just teach them to appreciate their bodies and take care of them.
In regards to our mental health we should be trying to show them how it’s never a bad thing to ask for help, to take a break from something, or even someone. Taking care of our emotional and mental health is just as important as our physical health and we should try our best to teach them this. It’s okay to cry, scream into a pillow or need to take a day to recuperate yourself. We should try to lead them by this example and be showing them how to care for our mental and emotional selves. Show them our emotions and not try to hide and bury them. We should be talking about mental health and how it shouldn’t be taboo. Again, this isn’t going to be easy but I know we can do it!
Being a mother isn’t easy but I know we can all agree that it is the greatest gift of all! So, let’s try to lead by example and try to raise the next generation of accepting and understanding adults! We can do this! Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Oh!!! Don’t forget...if you’re ready to take a step towards appreciating yourself and your body, you can book your virtual photoshoot (or in person shoot after mid June) with me! I would love to help you take the first step in seeing for yourself how amazing, beautiful and worthy you are!
*Please feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (248) 747-7236 if you have any questions or are ready to book your virtual photoshoot with us now OR an in person shoot at our studio after Mid June! We look forward to working with you!
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