I realize my kids are young and need constant adult supervision in the pool. Your kids may be older, know how to swim, or not need that constant supervision. It may be easier for you to sit back, read a book or chat with your friend while your kids play and swim. Maybe your challenge is to remember when they yell "Hey Mom, watch this" or "Hey Mom, come play this dive game with me" you put the book down and hop in.
One of my favorite Summer memories with Landon includes me and him playing a game in the pool. He was laughing, I was laughing, we were singing and splashing. It's one I'll never forget. All because I refused to be the Mom who sat on the side with my cover up on, or on the step with my feet in because I didn't wear my suit.
Ladies, JUST PUT ON YOUR SUIT!!!
Make this the summer that you pull out that suit - or buy a new one - and HAVE SOME FUN!
Don't forget these friendly reminders either:
- Unless you're a 20 year old Victoria Secret Model who hasn't eaten anything but liquid diet, nobody looks perfect in a bathing suit. NOBODY. So know that. We all have our jiggly or dimply parts, no matter your age or size. We all have those areas with more cushion than we'd like. We all have those areas we wish looked different or have changed over the years. ALL OF US.
- Nobody really cares what you look like in your bathing suit. I've learned this fashion lesson in general (not just bathing suits) over the last several years. There are SO MANY different fashion styles/trends out there that nobody is looking at you thinking "oh my word, look at her!" And honestly, if they are....who cares!? That's their issue, not yours. You're the one with the freedom to have fun and enjoy your Summer judgement free! If I bend over to play with my kids at the pool and my belly pooch isn't sucked in perfectly, and another woman notices and thinks "oooh look at that, ew" in her mind. I SAY KISS IT, Sister! LIFE IS MORE FUN WHEN YOU AREN'T SUCKING IN. Trust me, I know.
- If you've had a baby and your body is different......guess what....so is mine! So is every other Momma who has experienced pregnancy and birth out there! If they aren't, they're depriving themselves of some of the foods that you and I are enjoying and LOVING! :)
- Find the suit that fits YOU. Feel more comfortable in a one piece? Wear it! Like tankinis or bottoms with boyshorts or skirts? Fine by me. Want to wear a 2 piece? DO IT. There are so many different suits out there now, by SO MANY companies. It's possible to find the perfect suit for you!
AND - I can't finish without saying this. Yes, you should wear whatever suit you feel comfortable in. Just make sure you're doing it in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord. We can't help what other people think or do, but we can help how we present and handle ourselves.
So girls, get those suits out (or buy new ones) and enjoy the summer with your families! Your family will remember the splashes over the jiggles!
Some great shops to find suits at: