Thank you Meghan Trainor

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When was the last time you were told that it was ok to have some curves on your body? In our fashion crazed society where they tout the skinny stick figures as the idea woman, a new woman has emerged to challenge that persona.

There’s a new female singer on the horizon, Ms. Meghan Trainor, and her debut single, “All about that Bass” is at the top of the charts. Her song is #1 on’s Top 100. So why am I sharing this with you? Because I wanted to thank Meghan Trainor in my post this week for what she is doing for the women, both young and old.

Her new song is about loving yourself, loving your body and loving all of your insecurities. It is promoting a positive body image. She says in her behind the scenes video that she feels that girls don’t love themselves as much as they really should. She shares in other interviews of how she struggled with self-esteem issues in her teenage years and she didn’t, until just recently, realize her own beauty.

Meghan also talks about making sure girls know how boys are supposed to treat them. Yes, a young man is supposed to take you on a date and treat you like a lady. This young woman is a breath of fresh air in our society. She is sharing her story and girls are taking notice. She is telling girls to be okay with who they are, no matter their shape or size and to love themselves.

Meghan said that when she was younger her misconceptions were all in her mind, so she is out there helping girls change those perceptions through her music. I wish Meghan all the success in the world and hope that her message touches many of our girls. I hope it touches us not so young girls as well.

Let’s follow Meghan’s lead and go out and be role models for our girls. Let’s teach them that our confidence and self-esteem can be changed through self-awareness and personal development.

Why our kids need to earn their own money?

My kids are like everybody else’s kids, they like to have and spend money. I don’t want to just hand over the cash at their every whim because that sends the wrong message. I like to pay my kids by the job. My oldest daughter babysits for her two younger siblings at times and she earns money from that job. One thing she knows is that she should work for her income. She also has a part time job at the local movie theatre. She recently decided to take a trip to the beach on spring break. With that decision came the understanding that she would have to come up with spending cash. She has sent out texts to friends and family concerning her dilemma of needing to raise cash. She let them know that she is available to house sit, babysit, or dog sit. She has asked for more hours at work and hit me up for extra chores at home. I see getting my windows cleaned this spring.What this does for our kids:

1)      Teaches responsibility

2)      Builds self-esteem

3)      They need to know how to earn a living, that life is not a free ride.

4)      They realize they are productive members of society

5)      They learn financial responsibility

This is a valuable lesson that our children need to learn. They also need to be able to feel good about themselves. Talk to them about why you want them to earn money on their own. Share with them what you are trying to teach them. Yes, I am sure they will complain at first, but someday they will thank you. This is a great way to Invite Excellence into your children’s Life. Don’t deny them the opportunity to let their AWESOME shine.