You know that saying “take the picture” where moms basically are asking for their picture to be taken. Always the picture taker, never in the pictures. We just want our picture taken. I don’t care if I’m still in sweats and haven’t showered or look unflattering from that angle. Take that picture, no one else is going too. include me in the trip to the beach or the family vacation or the birthday party. Yeah this is kind of like that.
Okay so this isn’t really the same thing, but along the lines of just do it. WEAR THE SWIMSUIT! Seriously do it. Your kids aren’t going to remember the rolls, cellulite, or stretch marks. They’re not going to care that you are in a swimsuit on the beach, at the lake, or on the river. They’re not going to care that you are laying in the sun pale as a ghost. No kids don’t notice those things. They won’t remember any of it.
What they will remember is you getting out in the water to play with them. That everyone had the time of their life playing in the water or building sandcastles. They’re going to remember all the times you splashed, floated around, swam, and enjoyed every beautiful day with them. They’re going to remember having the time of their lives with the whole family. The many lifelong memories made and how happy everyone was.
It’s not always easy to put on a swimsuit and enjoy yourself. My body isn’t perfect. I have rolls, cellulite, stretch marks. What will everyone else think? People will stare. People will laugh. People will talk. SCREW THOSE PEOPLE! People suck, straight up. They are rude and judgmental. Do it for you. Do it for your kids. Do it for the memories. Summer is too hot, sticky, and sweaty to be uncomfortable and fully clothed at the beach, lake, or river. Get out there and let your beautiful imperfect body soak up the sun and make those memories. Your kids will thank you for it later.