A few years ago I watched a talk show that had a great impact on my life. There was a mother and daughter on the show. The mom was extremely self-conscious about her appearance and her weight.
The mom constantly berated herself; although, she was just the opposite with her daughter. The woman would tell her daughter how beautiful she was. The mom would go on and on about how she would love to have her daughter’s figure. She really heaped on the praise.
The well-meaning Mom was then surprised that her daughter didn’t believe a word of that praise. Instead, she took on her mother’s insecurities, even developing an eating disorder.
I think about that show a lot. I have plenty of insecurities. I believe there are certain times to share some of those struggles with my kids. Still, I want my children to know me as someone who focuses on my strengths, not my weaknesses.