Saturday 21 October 2017

This little girl's response to someone calling her fat is the best

A five-year-old has schooled the internet on how to deal with body shamers
A five-year-old has schooled the internet on how to deal with body shamers

Bryony Clarke

Many parents dread the day their daughter comes home sobbing that she’s been called something mean in the playground.

But mum Allison Kimmey needn’t have worried, as her five-year-old daughter Cambelle had the perfect response.

When another little girl had called her fat, Cambelle told her: "I’m not fat, I HAVE fat. And everybody has fat."

Recounting the story to her mother, Cambelle said: "I told her it’s okay to have fat." The girl’s reply, it turned out, was simply, "Oh, okay."

Cambelle was repeating a lesson her mother had given her in June this year, after she had called her fat.

In a viral Instagram post, the 30-year-old mother-of-two from Florida wrote:

"Look, mama!" Cambelle yelled from the other room. "What is it baby?" "I'm just like you" she said proudly showing me something on the inside of her leg. As I got closer I saw a little red dot. "It's like those little bumps you have on your legs mama. I have one too now, just like you" "Well would you look at that, it does look just like my little chafe bumps from my legs rubbing together...maybe from our runway walking yesterday" ___________ I realized again in this moment that the way that I talk about my body and act towards my body is shaping the way she feels about her body right this SECOND! Even down to the smallest details like how my legs touch together and sometimes I have little chafe bumps. And the fact that I embrace that about my body and find effective solutions instead of being mad at my body. She notices. EVERYTHING. And she wants to be like me. IN EVERY WAY. And if I had spoken about my thighs in a negative way and complained about my chafe instead of openly trying many different solutions....then when she saw that little bump (whether it truly is chafe or not) she would have NOT been happy to be like me. The point is ... it's not about the chafe it's not about the fat it's not about the Glitter Stripes ITS ABOUT STARTING A NEW DIALOGUE ABOUT BODIES TO PREVENT BODY IMAGE ISSUES IN THE NEXT GENERATION. Can I get an 🙌🏻🙌🏻?! Just do you babes, so they can just do them! Xoxo Allie ____________ #myswimbody #allworthy #healthy #beachbody #love #confidence #bopo #selflove #glitterstripes #plusisequal #fat #bikini #momanddaughter #mommyandme #fitmom #healthynotskinny #cellulitesaturday #bodyconfidence #bopo #bodypositive #selflove #effyourbeautystandards

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"My daughter called me fat today. She was upset I made them get out of the pool and she told her brother that mama is fat. I told her to meet me upstairs so we could chat… Me: “Let's talk about it. The truth is, I am not fat. No one IS fat. It's not something you can BE. But I do HAVE fat. We ALL have fat. It protects our muscles and our bones and keeps our bodies going by providing us energy."

Kimmey went on to explain to her children that some people may have more fat than others, but no one is better or worse because of it.

And now it seems Cambelle has imbibed her mother’s message on body confidence, schooling others in the classroom.

Kimmey described the moment on Instagram as "a parenting win", praising her daughter’s bravery and understanding. "I couldn't believe that my 5-year-old daughter had been able to handle a situation with more grace than most 30 year olds," she posted.

"Children aren't born with hate inside them. They learn words from their environments and the things they see/hear."

She added: "I can't prepare my daughter for all of life's situations, but I can help her to be a voice of compassion, humility and love."

The post has clearly resonated with many parents, and has been liked more than 19,000 times.

Independent News Service

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