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I Let My 6-Year-Old Dress Me And She Actually Slayed

"I have fashion and now I’m going to give Mommy some fashion!"

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A few weeks ago my 6-year-old daughter looked at me and said, "Mommy, you need a lot of help with your fashion. I could teach you, you know."

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Once I picked myself up off the floor from the shock that this tiny person I had given birth to was now judging my style choices, I decided to let her. And we filmed the whole joyous adventure.

Since the moment Delilah could speak, she's been telling me, "Mommy, you like cool and I like pretty."

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And she's right. It's kind of amazing how this girl came out of the womb prêt-à-porter, while I've always been more of a velour sweatsuit kind of gal.

The moment I found out I'd be having a daughter I was terrified. I've always struggled with body dysmorphia, a crap body image, and an inability to love my physical self. How would I raise a confident girl when I was so unsure of my own footing?

My daughter, on the other hand, LOVES to be seen. She sees dressing up as a celebration of herself, and it's incredible to watch.

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It's easy, especially in motherhood, to forget to take care of yourself. I'm guilty of it all the time. But I'm lucky, because I have a little girl who wants to make me look the way she sees me. And the way she sees me is a way I've never been able to see myself.

I'm constantly aware of the behavior I'm modeling for my child. I try to never let her see me appear dissatisfied with my body, but I know deep down that the fact that the dissatisfaction exists is probably palpable for her.

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I thought it would be my responsibility to teach my child to love herself, (and of course, it is) but having a daughter like Delilah has helped me learn to love myself in ways I never imagined. I measure my success by what my body can do, rather than how it looks. And my body grew this incredible girl.

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