Every Mom Out There Should Watch This Video
While watching this year's MTV Video Music Awards, I witnessed a speech that I think all moms (and all parents for that matter) need to watch.It came via pop megastar Pink, who was named as this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient for a career spanning nearly two decades. In her acceptance speech, she shares a very personal anecdote about a recent conversation with her six-year-old daughter. Check it out...
As many of you know, I'm the proud mother of two beautiful little girls (currently four and six years old). I was overjoyed--both times--when I found out I was going to have a baby. Though I admit, as excited as I was, I was also pretty terrified when I found out I'd be raising girls.
When I was growing up, girls were certainly mean, but it was SO much easier to ignore back then. There was no Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or anything like that. Nowadays, the hurtful comments are everywhere and they're far more difficult to just brush off--especially when my six-year-old is already campaigning for her own phone.
I have had many talks with my girls about body image why it's inappropriate to make fun of people. But after hearing Pink's VMA speech, it reminded me that no matter what, I need to be a role model for not only my girls, but for my nieces, and for all the girls out there.
I will always be scared about the questions that will come as they get older, but I think I am handling them...so far at least. Parenting is the hardest, more rewarding job that I have ever had, but I hope that by sharing this video it will remind all you mommies out there to be strong. Let your daughters play in the mud and climb trees and go fishing. Let them know that they don't have to fit some image to be happy. Remind them every day that you're there for them no matter what. But most importantly, just let them be them.