Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Girls in Society Today

I am sure that you have seen one of the many reality shows out there that show little girls turning into “adults” way toosoon—take your pick between “Toddlers and Tiaras,” “Dance Moms,” and “Cheer Perfection.”  I may have also missed some too.  Now that I have a daughter I see these shows way differently than I did before.  I mean spray tans, flippers to cover up lost teeth, make-up, eye lash extensions, hair pieces, and glitzy clothes—they are toddlers!  In the world we live in, I can’t help but think about how self-esteem is affected for so many women.  The media depicts women as a flawless size 0 and even create toys such as Barbie for little girls to play with that show them what “perfect” looks like.  Could this is be why there are so many eating disorders in society today?

I want my little to girl to focus on her inner beauty and always use that to judge how she feels about herself.  I always wonder when I see these shows if it is the mom’s dream or the child’s to do what they are doing.  I want my child to do what she dreams of doing.  I would love for her to dance because that is something I did growing up, but if she chooses not to then that is fine.  Since she has a brother and a lot of boy cousins, she may end up being a tom boy.  Either way, I love her for who she is and the young woman that she will become!

Moms of girls—how do you feel about society’s image of women/girls?  How do you plan to protect your child from this?

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