This Girl Asked About Her Mom's 'Leg Lumps' & Her Response Was Perfection

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It doesn't matter if you give your little girl all of the compliments in the world if you criticize your own body in front of her. Even if you don't think your kids are listening, chances are they hear it when you put yourself down and take note of the "flaws" you're critiquing. Those small comments about your your stretch marks or quips about your insecurities might not seem like a big deal to you, but it can have a lasting impact on your children and how they view their own bodies. Motivational speaker and body-positive blogger Allison Kimmey realized the power of her words when her little girl pointed out her cellulite, and she answered her child's curiosity in the most empowering way.


Allison was standing in her kitchen when her little girl questioned what was on her legs. Confused, Allison asked what she was talking about, and her girl pointed to the "little bumps" dimpling her legs. 

"Haha, yes my little lumpies! It's actually called cellulite and it's just the way that some of my fat likes to get together in little groups under my skin"
"Oh! Like they're having a party?"
"Yes! Exactly!"
"A little lumpies party"
"Yah! It's cellu- LIT"

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Allison didn't try to change the subject or say anything negative about her legs, because she knows that it matters how mothers talk about their bodies around children -- and how easy it is to shape their beliefs. "I have had cellulite present on my thighs since I was about 8 years old. And it plagued me because everything I believed about it was that it was a terrible thing to have," she wrote on Instagram. "I did not wear shorts or go without a cover up for 15 years. And as my body love journey took shape a few years ago, my cellulite was still one of the hardest things for me to embrace."

Allison doesn't know if her daughter will have cellulite like her mom when she grows up, but that doesn't change the way she's going to talk about it with her girl. "Odds are she will have some since more than 90% of women have it!" she wrote. "I do know, however, that no matter how much or little she has, she can see that it is not bad, that it will never define her or determine what she can wear."

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For those rocking "cellu-LIT lumpie parties going on," Allison hopes that you learn to embrace it instead of tolerate it. This way, we'll never have to teach the next generation of girls how to accept their "imperfections" -- they'll grow up already loving their bodies instead, thanks to the body-positive role models raising them.

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