Have you seen this funny video making the internet rounds? The first time I watched it I laughed so hard! Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the witty moms and creators at #iMomSoHard, offer up nuggets of truth and goodness at the absurdity, and double standards, of women’s swimwear.
On getting ready: “I don’t care until about ten minutes before I have to put it on and then all of a sudden, I think…I should have done crunches or something.”
On bathing suit designs: “It looks like you’re pressing something against a tennis racket.” So many cutouts! So little Lycra!
On tackling the pressure of perfection: “I want my daughter to love her life and to love herself and she’s not gonna do it because I tell her to, she’s gonna do it because I teach her to.”
Confession: I dread swimsuit season. As a teenager, I read one too many Sassy magazines that shook my self-esteem and did residual damage to my coming-of-age body image. Fast forward to today. As a mom of two active boys, who love to build sand castles, paddle board, and still throw sand at each other, I’ve tried in recent years to consciously shut off the shame talk and show up – imperfections, cellulite and all. It’s hard sometimes, but I try to remember at the end of the day, my boys don’t care about my thigh gap, or lack of one, but they do care if I’m sitting by the side lines. And I do too. As these women put it: “I do not feel confident in a swimming suit at all, but that is not going to stop me from building a moat.”