Amber Rose shapely selfie reminds mom to stand tall(Read article summary)
Amber Rose: Shapely selfie of entertainer Amber Rose post-baby reminds one mom of four to stand tall and smile for the camera.
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Model Amber Rose posted a shapely post-first baby selfie, which was far less impressive than the mommy selfies postedÂ byÂ older moms who still face a camera, even if they must deploy theirÂ kids as human shields betweenÂ themÂ and the camera.
Oh sure,Â itâ€™s easy to preen in front of a camera phone after losing weight from a first baby, but what about moms who have lost the diet war but won the kid lottery? Just working out our issues and getting in front of a camera during the holiday season can be an accomplishment.
My husband recently went on a photo framing kick and found pre-kid bikini photos of me. I realized Iâ€™d finally reached the stage when my â€śbeforeâ€ť pic is better than the â€śafter.â€ť
I am going out on a limb and guess I am not the only parent in that situation. Between our pre-baby pics and superstar selfies,Â itâ€™s a holiday miracle if we donâ€™t go into hiding.
However, I speak as the voice of Christmas cookies past when I say moms of all ages need to remember those child birth breathing exercises when we look in the mirror years after baby is born.
Hereâ€™s a pro tip: A shrewd mom does a selfie with a child on her lap when she snaps the picture.
I had taken myself out of the picture, literally, until I realized kids can take it very personally when you duck out ofÂ holiday and family photo ops because youâ€™re more concerned with how you look than how they feel.
My solution,Â and that of many I have seen online,Â is to scrunch yourself down behind the kids.
In my case thatâ€™s easy because I have four sons, one age 20, two towering teens and the â€śbabyâ€ť age 10. I just sneak in behind the wall of tall and â€śpresto!â€ť
Then comes this pre-Christmas selfie of Ms. Rose to send moms and even grandmas fleeing in horror from the lens.
Roseâ€™s selfie even affected my mom, age 83.
It was 7:24 a.m. this morning when my phone rang and my mother said to my answering machine, â€śHave you seen this Amber Rose person and how quickly she took off the baby belly?! Can you find out how she did it and call me back?â€ť
This is because, despite the fact that her first baby was born 48 years ago, she is a retired New York City fashion designer who was brainwashed by her industry to be forever young and thin.
Mom brainwashed me. Thankfully I had four boys,Â so the cycle of skinny-crazy could finally be broken because I have nobody to pass the skinny gene envy on to.
Over the past 20 years of motherhood I realized that taking back your pre-baby body is really a snap with babies one and two, and from there on the going gets rougher.
However, that doesnâ€™t mean we should give up.
In that spirit, I let a friend talk me into trying a 15-minute a day core and balance workout calledÂ T-Tapp, which was originally made for models like Rose.
This is all I have in common with models in this lifetime.
While it actually did take me down half a size in a week, I gained something much more in realizing I donâ€™t take the advice I gave my sons.
â€śStand up straight,â€ť is one of my mom mantras. Turns out Iâ€™m a sloucher.
I notice many moms become slouchers from fatigue, lugging kids, and perhaps seeing one too many Amber Rose-style super mom selfies.
So, here I am doing a workout and the first big result I get is my sons constantly crowing, â€śPosture! Form! Stand up straight mom!â€ť
Quin, 10, kindly offered to time my workouts and be my mobile mirror. Ugh!
â€śRelax,â€ť he advised. â€śI love you the same no matter how much my arms go around you.â€ť
My sonâ€™s words did make me stand straighter.
Posture and self-esteem go together.
Parents need to embrace a body-mind â€śselfieâ€ť workout regime in which we stand tall and love ourselves as much as the children whose leftovers we nosh. Â