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7 Body-Positive Life Lessons from a Child

By Michelle Zaydlin--As we grow older and are exposed to societal influences, we learn to criticize different parts of our bodies. Yet, when you talk to a child they seem to have a totally different perspective. Working with children has taught me so many lessons about loving my body and has opened my eyes to the beauty of thinking like a kid.

  1. Your legs are the best because they let you walk, jump, skip and run. Your legs give you strength so you can go for a walk with your family to the park, jump on a trampoline, skip through the grass or run to the swing set. Your legs are powerful and strong and should be appreciated.
     
  2. The best part of everyone’s body is their smile. Everyone has a different smile that makes him or her unique! A smile shows happiness and is even better when it’s with a laugh. A smile can brighten everyone’s day and the best part is that you always have it with you!
     
  3. Your nose is great because you can smell chocolate chip cookies and other tasty treats. When you walk into the house and it smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, your nose gets so happy! Without your nose you wouldn’t be able to smell the delicious cookies baking, the flowers in a field or scratch and sniff stickers!
     
  4. I love my arms because they give big hugs! It doesn’t matter that a kid’s arms might be smaller than a grown-up’s arms or that one kid’s arms might be longer than another’s. The important part is that they give hugs! They can give hugs to anyone--to show love, to show friendship or to make someone happy. Your arms are strong and can give so much love with a simple motion.
     
  5. I love my hair because my mom puts it into pretty braids and it makes me unique. The cool part about hair is that it comes in different colors, textures and lengths. You can style it in different ways and it always looks different and pretty, and you can always change the style. It can show your personality and make you stand out, which is important since we are all unique.
     
  1. My stomach is great because it holds all the yummy food I eat. Even though grown-ups worry about their tummy being too big, I think it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you get the food you need to have energy and that the food you eat tastes good. I love that my tummy gets to hold all my favorite foods!
     
  2. I love my body because without it I wouldn’t be me!
     

What's the most important body-positive lesson you've ever learned? Tell us in the comments below!
 

About the blogger: Michelle Zaydlin is currently a senior at the University of Michigan and will be graduating this May with a B.S. in neuroscience and Spanish. She is currently involved with NEDA as a coordinator of the second annual Ann Arbor, MI NEDA Walk and is a member of Dance Marathon, which helps support pediatric rehabilitation therapies at local children’s hospitals. She also works as a physics study group leader through the science learning center at the University of Michigan and as a behavior technician doing applied behavior analysis (ABA) with children on the autism spectrum.

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