Collectively Curated: Our Beautiful Bodies


I have a friend who has considered herself fat for as long as I’ve known her (decades). We are the same size. I have never been skinny, but also never have viewed myself as overweight. Two women. Same size. Entirely different perceptions of our bodies.

I have other friends who wish they weren’t so thin, were taller, were shorter, had a bigger chest, had a smaller chest. Feel all the feels, mamas, but always remember there is just one you!

Evolving Thoughts

A movement started about 50 years ago to end discrimination and fat-shaming against people who didn’t fit neatly into what society determined to be the ideal body shape and size. Over the years, society started to embrace that “skinny” didn’t mean “better.”

The term “body positive” arrived in the late 1990s, along with the website, which offers resources to help people to love their body shape.

And today, there’s a new buzzword: Body neutrality. This shifts the focus from I love my body to I love what my body can do for me. In other words, you may not love your body every day, but you appreciate that it allows you to drive a car, care for your children or take a hike in the mountains.

Physical + Mental Health

Studies indicate that girls and women are more likely to face challenges with body image. Teen girls, specifically, sometimes struggle. But we can help them. Here are some great ideas from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Set a good example.
  • Use positive language.
  • Explain the effects of puberty.
  • Talk about media messages.
  • Check out what your child is reading, scrolling through or watching and discuss it.
  • Monitor social media use.

And if it’s you who is struggling? Don’t get caught in the comparison trap, mama. Be kind to yourself. You are doing amazing things! Get out there and enjoy life. Slip on that adorable swim dress or teeny bikini this summer—whatever makes you feel good about yourself.

You. Are. Beautiful.

Below is a collection of stories written by moms throughout the City Mom Collective network. These will inspire you to love yourself and to help your children do the same.

Loving My Body + Myself

Practicing A Body Positive Mindset: Learning to See Myself as My Kids Do

Let’s Make the Mom Bod a Thing!

A Thank You to my Body

Our Self-Talk Should Sound More Like the Way We Talk to a Friend

Body Shaming Thoughts From a “Skinny” Girl

Body Image: Embracing Who I Am – Every Bit of Me

Don’t Call It Body Positivity

Mamas this is for you : BUY THE PANTS

Being Comfortable In My Mom Bod

Self-Love in Today’s World

My Love/Hate Relationship with My Appearance or Me and My Scar

I’ve Worn my Last Thong……Maybe

I’m Married Now… Does My Appearance Matter Anymore?

Positive Body Image: The Negative

Why Can’t I Just Love My Body All the Time?


Lessons From a Year of Not Dieting

Leaving Diet Culture: My Changing Relationship with Food, My Body, and Weight

The Rotten Tomatoes of Fad Diets


I Stopped Using Diet as a Verb

30 Powerful and Simple Health and Fitness Tips!

Kids + Bodies

I Modeled Bikinis to Teach My Daughter a Body Image Lesson

How to Raise Food Neutral and Body Positive Kids :: Part 1: Food & Family Habits

My Daughter Is Worried That She’s Fat

Dear World: Stop Commenting on My Daughter’s Body

Beautiful Postpartum Bodies

I Can’t Wait To Love My Postpartum Body

Learning To Love And Accept Your Post-Baby Body

Loving My Postpartum Body and Embracing the Swimsuit