Tuesday, February 7, 2012
My Heart Broke a Little Bit
He told me he was worried he was getting fat.
yep....at 8 he is concerned.
My heart broke a tiny bit ....
We talked for awhile and I think I said all the right things.... He told me he felt "so much better now that we talked."
Here's what bothers me though: we don't use the word FAT in our house, he doesn't know I have the band, in his lifetime I have never been on a "diet," we only talk about Mommy going to exercise because it "makes me feel good and strong" plus it's fun... "like recess." Where did he get this idea? And why is an 8 year old even aware of the idea that being fat isn't ok (by some in our society) since that was his worry ??? He is NOT fat. He's not even chubby. He is just normal sized.
I asked him if someone said he was fat. He said no but he doesn't seem to be able to articulate why he is worried.
It kills me that all of the effort, my therapy sessions, role modeling healthy habits, etc. I have tried to instill in my kids in order to AVOID "eating issues" for them, was for naught.
24 hours after our talk and I am still a little sad about the whole thing.