When parents send their children off to school, they can only hope that their child takes what they have learned at home and utilize it in the classroom and on the playground. For Alison Kimmey, a mother of two and self-love activist, she realized her hopes turned into reality when her daughter, Cambelle, told her what happened at school one day.
In a post Kimmey shared on Instagram, she explained how she considered her five-year-old daughter’s experience of being called “fat” a parenting win.
Kimmey teaches her kids to love themselves for who they are.
The mother of two described how her daughter came to her one day after school and said one of her classmates had called her fat. According to Cambelle, her shirt had come up during practice which caused her stomach to show a bit.
“The girl next to me looked at me and said that my tummy was fat,” Cambelle told her mom.
Kimmey asked Cambelle how she reacted to her classmate’s comment and the five-year-old’s comment caused Kimmy to have an internal happy dance.
“I told her that I’m not fat, I HAVE fat,” Cambelle told her mom. “And that everybody has fat. And I told her it’s okay to have fat.”
Cambelle responded to a classmate’s comments exactly as her Mother taught her.
It was only a few months ago that Kimmey had shared a similar post to her Instagram, documenting the conversation she had with her daughter when Cambelle called her fat. In her post, Kimmey explained to her daughter that a person cannot be fat, they simply have fat.
Two months later, it looks like Cambelle learned her lesson.
Kimmey was proud of her daughter.
Even though Cambelle clearly displayed that she learned her lesson when she called her mother fat, Kimmey made sure to reinforce the idea.
“Fat is not a bad word, I don’t think she was trying to hurt your feelings,” she told her daughter. “It was so brave of you to help her understand that all people have fat, but that no one IS fat. And that it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have more or less of it.”
Kimmey ended her Instagram post by telling her followers that children aren’t born mean, they learn from their environment. She admits that while she can’t teach her daughter how to handle everything that life throws at her, the least she can do is teach her how to be compassionate and loving towards others. And that’s one lesson we can all learn.