I was baffled, where on earth did she get that idea?
She told me that the girls at her school have been telling her that they think they are chubby and now she's wondering if she is.
I remembered a time when I was 16, angry at myself for not having the strength to go hungry for the greater good of my figure. One night I was at the markets having dinner with a friend and her family. Her dads friend didn't like me, I could feel it even though I had only met him a couple of times. I was eating fried rice and he started to tell me that I was gaining weight. He wanted to hurt me, it was obvious. He said, "Every time I see you you are bigger and now that I have seen you shove that plate of rice into your mouth so fast I can understand why" I wish those words didn't effect me, I wish they didn't make me loath myself and question the right that a pig like me had to even sit at the same table as normal people. But they did.
And now as a mum I would do anything in my god dam humanly fucking powers to protect my babies from EVER feeling like that.
The truth is, there was only one pig at that table and that pig broke a young girls heart.
Now as women I have friends, friends that tell me all the time how gorgeous I am, how beautiful they are, how divine the stranger crossing the fucking road is and I believe it. Just like this little girls questioning themselves is making my girl question herself, fear breeds fear, love breeds love.
I don't have the answers for raising a Queen who loves her body in whatever form it is. But I can encourage her to breed that kind of self love.
So I told her that her body is perfect, I told her that my body is perfect, I told her that sometimes girls question themselves, so how about instead of letting that make you question yourself you just give them a great big hug and tell them that they are perfect too.
She smiled and ran off. She hasn't mentioned the word chubby again so I may have actually had a parenting win 👊🏼👑💗
This seal has surprised everyone by turning up in a cow paddock in southern NSW. And now we know how he got there.
Armed with a healthy appetite and sense of adventure, this New Zealand fur seal has stunned a cattle farmer by waddling through his property an amazing 15km (10 miles) from the coast. And it turns out his stomach may hold the biggest clue as to the reason for his sightseeing. It’s believed he followed a school of fish far up a small, winding freshwater creek and then became disoriented. Unsure of how to find his way back to the ocean, he then decided to walk and waddle his way back home.
Thankfully wildlife officers were called and were quickly on the scene to offer him alternative transport. He was captured without needing sedation and then driven to the mouth of the Bega River where he was released.
With a full stomach and a full list of stories to share with the family, he soon swam off, wisely choosing a life of salt instead of soil this time...
Connie's bang in the middle of treatment and she's knocked around a bit today, so you're going have to hear this from her stinky little brother!
Oh. My. Lord. Where do I start? For those who haven't been following, my crook sister has decided to break a world record of her own to match mine (I'm the world's most determined unicyclist). She wants to break the record for longest line of coins, which stands at 75.4 k's and raise $200K for our most brilliant cancer researchers.
Bear in mind that this requires 4 million-odd five cent coins! Just a couple of days ago we asked our Love Your Sister village to consider purchasing a metre ($2.90), not just to help her break the record, but to cheer her up while she's in hoppy.
Lo and behold, dang and blast and Geez Louise if the internet didn't just melt right then and there! Within 24 hours you guys had snaffled up 3.2million five cent coins, bringing her within reach of the record.
In the next 24 hours, it just kept coming. Here's the breakdown...
Kilometres purchased so far - 102.188kms (current record 75kms) Amount raised so far - $263,747.50 Amount of coins to be laid so far - 5.274 MILLION!
Bendigo Bank have offered to put a poster and tin in every branch so we will have loads of collection points too! Given that we haven't even designed a logo for this thing yet (we kinda just went with it on the hop!), this may take time so please be patient.
WHEN? When are we going to break the record? Well I haven't asked the Royal Australian Mint yet but I know they want to celebrate the anniversary of the decimal system in February, so here's the pitch! We make the line of coins in the shape of a love heart, on Valentine's Day! A big massive heart, that we can photograph from space! (we have scientists at Questacon working on this as we speak).
With every metre symbolising a loved one affected by cancer, in the shape of a heart. A heart the size none of us have seen before!
So that's where it stands as is. If you want to purchase a metre for a loved one and make our heart even bigger, you can hit the link below.
Needless to say - thank you to the 8,904 people who have bought metres so far. From the heart of my bottom. Oops, you know what I mean.
BREAKING NEWS: The cows stranded on this grass island by the NZ Earthquake have been rescued. Here's how they did it...
The plight of the marooned cows made world headlines after vision of emerged of them in a devastated paddock near Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island. Aware of the ever present risk of a further land slide, a group of local farmers took on the task with nothing more than picks and shovels.
Over a few hours this morning they've dug a trench using picks and shovels and freed the cows who were in desperate need of food and water.
Aside from the inspiring community effort, what's even more remarkable is that it appears the cows 'surfed' that island to its eventual resting spot when a large landslide hit their home paddock. Now that's one incredible survival story...
Step parents are a special kind of beautiful. They love children that they usually did not see born, who's first words were often babbled before they came along, children that don't mind uttering the words "your not my real......"
It can feel undermining and their role in the family can be confusing..
They can feel like ex's have their every word and action shoved under a microscope.
Biological parents get time to get to know their kids, it takes years after meeting your new born before you even speak words to each other, yet step parents are meeting kids and diving head first into a parenting role. Because whether a step parent likes it or not, they will have influence on their step kids.
I was a step kid, I loved it when my step dad looked after me because I could be a little mole to him and he never get mad. But he was patient.... because step parenting requires so much patience.
And now? He divorced my mum and had nowhere to live so... he's lived with me for the last 2 years. He loves my kids, my kids love their grandad, my husband loves him.
Because.... step parenting is rewarding. It's worth every second. It's life changing and enriching and As a step mum, a biological mum and a step daughter, I highly recommend it.
Step parents deserve the world, they are a special kind of beautiful.