Actress and mom of two Denise Richards, who graces the cover of Shape’s May issue, told the magazine that as much as she has to worry about her body, she never wants her daughters to share that obsession.
“They’ll never hear me say, ‘Mommy’s feeling fat today.’ That kind of attitude just makes young girls grow up to be dissatisfied with their bodies,” she said.
Being fit comes with her job, Denise added, and her healthy habits are the ones she wants Sam and Lola to emulate.
“Working out is part of my life, not just an I-have-to-get-ready-for-a-photo-shoot thing,” she said. “I exercise almost every day. The girls usually play in the workout room with me, so they’re learning by example.”
Mainly, she wants her daughters to feel good about themselves, and their lives, an attitude she inherited from her mother Joni, who died of cancer in November. “Even at the end, when things were really dire for my mother, she was never negative. There was an inner strength about her,” Denise said.
How do you deal with the topic of body image with your daughters? What do you hope they will learn from you about feeling good about themselves?