This summer Kinley has been frequenting the orthodontist’s office. Yesterday she received a top retainer and a lower lingual arch. My sweet girl was so excited at her appointment. Kinley has been very self conscious of her teeth for the past three years and she never smiles in photos with her mouth open. Yesterday, for the first time, in a long time, she was happily smiling with her mouth open when she received her retainer. As we were sitting in the orthodontist’s office I was overcome with emotion as I watched her express so much excitement over the thought of correcting her teeth. My sweet girl should not have to feel this way at nine years old but sadly, she does. The reality is that we live in a world that makes people feel that they need to be perfect to be accepted. She has been teased at school and called names that she will unfortunately never forget and that breaks my heart!
I am trying my best to raise my girls to be kind to everyone. It should not matter what someone’s outer appearance looks like. Our society today puts so much pressure on our youth as well as adults to look like super models. We live in world of crazy diets, botox, plastic surgery etc. I try to make a conscious effort to not complain about my weight or my looks in front of my daughters. I do not want my girls to grow up and measure their worth by a number on the scale. So many women are obsessed with their weight and I personally think that is very sad! I am not saying that I don’t care about my weight or that I don’t watch it but I try not to obsess about it. I want to model healthy behavior to my girls and I don’t ever want them on any crazy diets or to have an eating disorder because they feel that they are fat.
I think that Kinley looks beautiful just the way that she is, however, it fills my heart up with some much joy to know that we can correct her teeth so that she will feel beautiful.
My little Boo, I love you so much my precious girl. You are a beautiful little soul on the inside and out. You have always radiated beauty and I hope that this will help you feel more beautiful and give you self confidence. Don’t ever let anyone’s hurtful words change who you are. Choose Joy my little one and always love yourself. God created you perfectly and you are so very loved!
Kinley has years of dental work ahead of her and I will be documenting her little journey.